• Sale 2414

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, English Pottery, Rugs & Prints

    21 January 2011, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 275

    A ROCOCO REVIVAL CARVED AND LAMINATED ROSEWOOD MERIDIENNE

    ATTRIBUTED TO J. AND J.W. MEEKS (1836-1859), NEW YORK, 1840-1860

    Price Realised  

    A ROCOCO REVIVAL CARVED AND LAMINATED ROSEWOOD MERIDIENNE
    ATTRIBUTED TO J. AND J.W. MEEKS (1836-1859), NEW YORK, 1840-1860
    43 in. high, 50 in. long


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    With its crest centered by a pair of large flowers and flanked by open scrollwork carved with foliage and clusters of grapes, this meridienne is an iconic example of furniture manufactured by J. and J.W. Meeks in New York in last quarter of the 19th century. Carved in the Hawkins pattern, these decorative elements derive from a suite of furniture given by Joseph W. Meeks to his daughter, Sophia Theresa, upon her marriage to Dexter Hawkins in 1859. Meridiennes carved in the Hawkins pattern are exceedingly rare. A similar example, originally owned by President Abraham Lincoln, can be found in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

    Provenance

    Sold, New Orleans Auction, New Orleans, Louisiana, 8-9 April 2006, lot 793


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN OHIO ESTATE