Various Items of Early American Colonial FurnitureHistory of Early American Colonial Furniture
A Cedar-Lined Press in mahogany. Circa 1740. In every line it suggests the reign of the architects over furniture design; it is strongly influenced by the work of Batty Langley. The barometer is much later in date, 1770, with atypical Hepplewhite twist in the base. Its fittings are of brass.
An early American colonial furniture Bureau-Bookcase with a fall-front drawer and knee hole. The big square panes in the glaze doors are almost seventeenth century in character although this is a mid-eighteenth-century piece, made between 1740 and 1750. The chair is a little earlier, 1735-45, and still retains the bold richness of the early Georgian period in its front legs.
An early American colonial furniture Tall-Boy in mahogany, the final sky-scraper form of the chest. Again the influence of architectural control is visible in the fret on the frieze, the cornice with its dentals, the vertical flutes of the angles of the upper part and the general nobility of proportion. Circa 1740-50. The mirror is early Georgian with a mahogany frame enrich by gilded mouldings and carvings. The chair is a rare Chipppendale type, exquisitely carved in low relief, showing how sanely and competenly English chair makers used ornament and achieve richness without sacrificing stability and comfort. Circa 1760-70.
An Elliptical Late-Eighteenth-Century Mahogany Sideboard with fluted legs and satinwood inlay in the spandrels of the arched front. The gilded mirror is restrained example of ornament work. Circa 1760- 70.
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