A CLASSICAL CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY WORK TABLE
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A CLASSICAL CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY WORK TABLE

STENCILED BY WILLIAM FISK (1770-1844), BOSTON, 1815-1825

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A CLASSICAL CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY WORK TABLE
STENCILED BY WILLIAM FISK (1770-1844), BOSTON, 1815-1825
stenciled WM. FISK Cabinet Maker Washington St. BOSTON in middle drawer and inscribed Mrs. Chase 27 Beacon in pencil under top drawer
29½ in. high, 19¾ in. wide, 20 in. deep
Provenance
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, 1991
Literature
Stuart P. Feld, Neo-Classicism in America: Inspiration and Innovation 1810-1840 (New York, 1991), p. 76, cat. no. 53.
Stuart P. Feld, Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism: 1810-1840 (New York, 1999), p. 25, fig. 9A.
Tom Armstrong, An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts (New York, 2001), p. 178.
Exhibited
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Neo-Classicism in America: Inspiration and Innovation 1810-1840, 27 April - 7 June, 1991.
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Lot Essay

From the shop of one of the most prolific of the preeminent of Boston cabinetmakers, this work table by William Fisk (1770-1844) displays a number of features most commonly associated with Boston furniture. Most notable is the combined use of the scroll and lotus on the feet, but also present are the crisp carving, elegant veneers, lustrous finish and superb construction for which Boston furniture is praised (Feld, Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism (New York, 1999), p. 24).

William Fisk worked at several locations on Washington Street during his career between 1810 and 1835. He has long been associated with the Willard clock-making dynasty of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and, according to family biographer J.W. Willard, was the firm's most prolific cabinetmaker (Feld, p. 25); for an example of these collaborations, see lot 26. For more on the Fisk and Willard association, see Paul J. Foley, Willard's Patent Time Pieces: A History of the Weight-Driven Banjo Clock, 1800-1900 (Norwell, 2002), pp. 199-201 and 251.

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