PAIR OF AMERICAN, POSSIBLY KENTUCKY, LATE FEDERAL MAHOGANY AND CHERRY BANQUET TABLE ENDS, each with single-hinged fall leaf and shaped skirt with figured veneer raised on substantial turned legs, one of which swivels to support the fall leaf. Old refinished surface with rich color. Mid 19th century. Each 29" H, 45" W, 20 1/2" D (closed). Provenance: From a Shenandoah Valley private collection.
Property of Maurice Derby Leach, Jr., and Virginia Baskett Leach, Lexington, VA. Catalogue Note: These banquet table ends descended in the Cowan family of central Kentucky. Captain John Cowan (1748-1819) was an early explorer, settler, and developer of the state. Likely born in Augusta Co., VA, Cowan married Mary Craig (1748-1837), the daughter of Captain John Craig (1718-1802) and Sarah Laird of Rockingham Co., VA, on September 14, 1781 near Harrisonburg, VA. Captain Craig was also an early Kentucky settler who eventually took up residence in Lincoln Co., KY. In fact, the Craig's residence on Gilbert's Creek is noted on John Filson's famed 1784 map of Kentucky produced nearly eight years before statehood. John Cowan's family ultimately settled in Danville, a growing town situated in Boyle Co. just northwest of the Craig homestead in Lincoln Co. Both the Cowans and the Craigs were important families in the early history of Kentucky, and they maintained close ties through marriage, business, and other matters.
Losses and repairs to veneer and other areas of restoration. One fall-leaf detached but present.