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A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SERVER
A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SERVER

ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM HOOK (1777-1869), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1800-1815

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A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SERVER
Attributed to William Hook (1777-1869), Salem, Massachusetts, 1800-1815
The shaped top with outset corners and serpentine front edge above a compartmented long drawer over two short drawers centering an arched reserve, all flanked by foliate and cross-hatched carved tapering round legs, on carved and turned feet
33in. high, 33½ in. wide, 18¾in. deep
Provenance
Israel Sack, Inc., New York

Lot Essay

The cabinetmaker William Hook (1777-1867) arrived in Salem, Massachuestts in 1796. By 1800 he was in business for himself and married Abigail Greenleaf. Hook was apparently very successful, and sold furniture to Salem's leading families including the Derby family (see Fiske Kimball, "Salem Furniture Makers: William Hook" Antiques (April, 1934) pp. 144-146.) The table offered here has in common many details with the documented works from Hook's shop. The leaf carving at the tops of the legs is particularly distinctive, and a sideboard made by Hook in 1809 shares this detail (see Randall, American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1965) cat. no. 70). Other related examples attributed to Hook's shop are illustrated in Antiques vol. CIII, no. 3 (March 1973) and Sack, American Antiques from the Israel Sack Collection (Vol. 5), p. 1240.
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