Mark Fenderson (1873-1944) Carved Furniture Suite Depicting Native Americans
New York, early 20th century
The set consist of a large server, the top carved and stained to resemble bands of inlay, below this are two drawers their fronts and the upper friezes on the sides depict Conestoga wagons and European settlers, three central drawers depict Native Americans with the flanking doors and large panels on the sides showing native dancers, all pulls are carved heads, ht. 33 1/4, wd. 56 1/2, dp. 19 1/4; a three-part cabinet the base with three drawers depicting Native Americans dancing, the side panels are head portraits, above this and set back is a four-drawer element, the upper cabinet with two large doors which like the sides is carved to depict Native Americans and Europeans in a forest setting, the pulls are carved heads, ht. 73 3/4, wd. 44 1/4, dp. 18; an extension table the top with butterfly joins its edge with carved bands depicting Native Americans and Europeans traveling by land and water, the extension leaves, apron, and splayed legs with geometric decoration, original casters, lg. 59 (extended 95), wd. 34 1/2, ht. 29 1/2; four chairs with carved backs, three depicting square-rigged sailing ships, one Native Americans in the forest, ht. 38,seat ht. 17 in.
Note: Mark Fenderson was a cartoonist and illustrator publishing widely including in the early Life magazine. The furniture was commissioned for the dinning room of the noted Beaux Arts sculptor Charles Keck (1875-1951).
All pieces have been refinished. there are minor repairs, the dust board on the right side of the large server is missing, selves are missing.
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