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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 196

Very Rare American Federal Fan Inlaid Mahogany Serving Tray

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

attributed to Steven Badlam, Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1790-1810, large oval tray with scalloped gallery and brass handles centering an oval satinwood fan inlaid panel, 2 x 32-3/4 x 18-3/4 in.

Note: Very closely related serving trays with scalloped galleries and fan inlay include an example recorded in the Winterthur Dapac Files, 65.850, ex collection of Benjamin Flayderman. A second branded Badlam tray with closely related galleries is illustrated in Mabel Swan, "General Steven Badlam - Cabinet and Looking Glass Maker", The Magazine Antiques, May 1954, pg. 383. 


very good overall with original brass carrying handles, scattered scratches and bumps throughout, cracks and chips at gallery, especially to underside, 12 inch shrinkage crack from one side near handle through body, some minor warping and stains

Milly McGehee in consultation with Robert Mussey (accompanied by handwritten note to Jim Barrow "attached digital images of the Steven Badlam tray at Robert's. Badlam and Seymour were buddies, which is how Mussey came by this piece...");
Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow