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Nov 10, 2021
Scalloped top, baluster-form support, on ball-and-claw feet.
Private Collection, New York.
Furniture scholar and dealer Albert Sack stated the significance of this table to the consignor, saying that the top's diameter reflects the size of the tree from which the solid slab of wood was sourced. He went further, contextualizing the table in relation to the Revolution-- "This table top probably sat in a parlor in Philadelphia when the Declaration of Independence was signed."
overall in fair condition, with nice figuring to wood; entirely functional and usable; the top and base probably married- the top closely follows Philadelphia examples, the base follows Newport, Rhode Island examples; the top showcasing signs of obvious wear commensurate with age and use: shrinkage cracks, with some patches to front and back, and butterfly joints to back, to stabilize them; the baluster support with some age cracks as well, and a noted repaired break to base; an old repaired break to one foot, with patch visible, and a thoughtfully considered iron support added to underside; underside of top with fill holes, and signs of repositioning, the brass latch repositioned as well; cleats possibly replaced; top of base with repaired break to edge where tilt pins located; iron spider brace to underside of base typical to period
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