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A Fine Inlaid Mahogany Federal / Hepplewhite Breakfront, Rhode Island, c.1800

This breakfront was part of a superb collection of colonial furniture owned by Francis Hill Bigelowe of Cambridge MA, sold at the Anderson Galleries (later Sotheby's) in 1924. In all likelihood, this is a Rhode Island made piece as all the secondary wood is chestnut and--from what we understand--it resided in Providence at one time in the collection of Marsden Perry, who owned and lived in the John Brown house at the turn of the century. This is an impressive and substantial casepiece retaining its original finials (see close up). At the center of the pediment, there is a plinth, which stylistically, was used for a ceramic or a bust, etc. We have an associated eagle of the same date as the secretary (see below). Note the desk section, which for a breakfront, is fairly large, and retains its original 3-pin lock, indicating a sign of the best qualtiy. The doors below have pull out drawers for silver, making this a very serviceable casepiece. American breakfronts are extremely rare and this is one of the finest of its type, displaying typical inlaid mahogany ovals on the drawerfronts, and string inlay throughout. Examine close-ups of the pediment for detail. For the cognoscenti, the inlay around the original finials feels like perhaps the work of a Providence shop. This piece retains its original glass. Provenance: Collection of Francis Hill Bigelow; The Anderson Galleries, New York, January 12, 1924, lot 72 Northeast Auctions, The Estate of Marjorie Rockwell, Lot 1809 Edward B. Aldrich (1871 - 1857) Height: 95 in. Width: 70 in. Depth: 24 in. Collection of Francis Hill Bigelow, The Estate of Marjorie RockwellRead more

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An Outstanding Satinwood and Mahogany Hepplewhite / Inlaid Serpentine

This is one of the finest sideboards in our collection and is composed of brilliant rarely found satinwood and profusely inlaid with bellflowers, patera, and line inlay. It is of serpentine form, which is the most desirable form that these sideboards take. Also illustrated below is a similarly inlaid New York serpentine sideboard listed as “Best” in Albert Sack’s Fine Points of Furniture: Early American. Note the development of inlaid details including the bellflowers on the legs and pateras. Note, on our sideboard, the additional oval inlay in the middle of the top drawer, whereas the Sack sideboard is all mahogany, ours employs a wealth of satinwood on doors and drawers, which is highly desirable. If Sack considers his a masterpiece, then, to be sure, ours is in that category and then some. Also illustrated below is a satinwood sideboard in our private collection which was formerly handled by the Pricketts, a major dealer who specialized in this category of sideboard, with the same basic layout but, of a less desirable D-form, (not serpentine). Possible attribution to William Whitehead is suggested by the distinctive bellflower and looping vine pattern of inlay that appears on the leg in association with the shaded oval patera pattern above. The final image below is an illustration of another Whitehead piece--a Pembroke table--with a matching arrangement of the same patera and bellflower inlay seen on our sideboard. This sideboard is the best of the best. We have French polished it and brought to a beautiful presentation state, the type of sideboard that one would see in the diplomatic reception rooms, etc. There are no breaks or alterations, and this has been in my personal collection for about 20 years. Height: 42 1/2 in. Depth: 30 in. Length: 72 in. Fine Points of Furniture: Early AmericanRead more

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26 400 GBP

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