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Premier Auction - Session II

Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 1112

Very Rare Charleston Federal Serpentine Pembroke Table

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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

possibly shop of Martin Pfeninger, Charleston, South Carolina, 1775-1790, deeply shaped, thin, highly figured solid mahogany top over serpentine skirts, single dovetailed drawer with serpentine facing, on tapered legs, mahogany, white pine, and poplar secondary, mahogany gates, 28 x 21-3/4 x 25-1/2 in.

Note: For closely related tables attributed to the Pfeninger shop, see Rauschenberg and Bivins, Jr., The Furniture of Charleston, 1680-1820, vol. 1, page 193-197.

Provenance: Moore House Antiques, Charleston, South Carolina, purchased for $29,500 (includes 2005 appraisal); Property from an Important Charleston Collection


hinges reset and leaves trimmed approximately 1 inch at hinge side, drawer appears to be original (back of drawer facing with unused screw pocket, appears to be cabinet maker's mistake or change of mind), cracks at blade drawer support, top reset with later blocking (not removed), minor cracks and checking at leaves with one small area of infill, knot hole, and two small surface losses