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    Sale 2109

    Property From The Collection OF George & Lesley Schoedinger

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 516

    A Queen Anne Mahogany Tea Table

    NEWPORT, 1740-1760

    Price Realised  

    A Queen Anne Mahogany Tea Table
    Newport, 1740-1760
    26 in. high, 31 3/8 in. wide, 20 1/16 in. deep

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    Featuring a rectangular tray top and slender squared cabriole legs ending in slipper feet, this well-proportioned tea table is a classic Newport form. It is distinguished from most other tables of the type by the design and construction of the top molding and lack of knee returns. The top fits into rabbets within the frame and does not extend under the molding, which has an integral lower beaded edge, an effect more typically achieved by having the top project underneath the molding. Enhancing the depth of the top molding, this joining method creates a more balanced design. Furthermore, the maker of this table chose to omit knee returns and, in order to ease the transition from the leg to the molded skirt, shaped the upper cabriole sections of the legs with gentle s-shaped curves. Only one other table is known with legs shaped in lieu of knee returns and it features c-shaped curves (Israel Sack, Inc., American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol 1, p. 166, no. 440; see also Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture at Pendleton House (Newport, 1986), pp. 133-135).


    The Estate of Nathaniel R. Norris, Newport
    Christie's East, New York, June 10, 1992, lot 129
    Leigh Keno, New York, 1992


    Leigh Keno, advertisement, The Magazine Antiques (October 1992), p. 418.
    David H. Conradsen, Useful Beauty: Early American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections (St. Louis, 1999), p. 48, fig. 17.


    St. Louis, Missouri, Saint Louis Art Museum, Useful Beauty: Early American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections, June 19 to August 15, 1999.