25 September 2013
PROPERTY FROM THE WESTERVELT COMPANY
This lot is offered without a reserve
A FEDERAL MAHOGANY LYRE-SUPPORT WORK TABLE
underside of top drawer bears pencil inscription Mr Beell 840 Park
32 in. high, 25½ in. wide, 15¾ in. deep
Family of Thomas Story Kirkbride (1809-1883), Philadelphia
Carswell Rush Berlin, New York
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Carswell Rush Berlin, New York, advertisement, The Magazine Antiques (May 1997), p. 653.
Tom Armstrong, An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts (New York, 2001), p. 210.
According to Carswell Berlin's advertisement, this work table was once in the collection of the family of Thomas Story Kirkbride (1809-1883), who descended from a prominent Pennsylvania Quaker family and was a pioneering physician specializing in the care and treatment of mentally ill patients. He served as superintendent of the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane in Philadelphia from 1841 until his death in 1883 (Johnson, Rossiter, ed. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans vol. I-X (Boston, 1904).
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