A Fine Classical Mahogany Tambour Worktable with Fully Carved Acanthus Legs and Astragal Ends, NY, Phyfe School, c.1800-1810
This table has a hinged rectangular top with astragal
ends that open to a fitted tray. The tray has a felt-lined writing surface and
original full-up framed mirror. Below is a conforming case with false drawer
over a reeded deep work drawer. The whole case rests on an urn-turned pedestal
terminating in four waterleaf-carved saber legs with brass paw feet and casters.
The top of each leg has full acanthus carving, which is the most elaborate
development of this form, as it is usually only carved half-way with reeding as
a fill-in. The wood is a dense, dark mahogany of the best quality.
An identical table, perhaps the same table, is illustrated in Nancy McClelland’s Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency, plate 90.
Width: 23 1/2 in.
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