CLASSICAL MARBLE-TOP CENTER TABLE
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854)
New York, 1825-1830
The circular Egyptian marble top with reeded edge above a conforming skirt, raised on a tapering pedestal with molded collar on a circular plinth with three hocked, saber legs terminating at cylindrical feet with turned caps, raised on brass casters. Secondary wood: Pine. Construction note: The cross-brace beneath the top is dovetailed into the apron.
H: 30″ Diameter: 36″
Condition: Excellent: retaining its original marble top. Slight sun bleaching and de-lamination of shellac on one portion of the apron.
The legs and pedestal of this table relate closely to a tilt-top center table by Duncan Phyfe illustrated in Peter M. Kenny and Michael K. Brown’s Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011), 222-223, pl. 41. Phyfe’s use of the hocked saber leg seen on this table can also be seen on card tables by Phyfe as illustrated in Philip D. Zimmerman, “New York Card Tables 1800-1825,” American Furniture 2005, Luke Beckerdite editor (Hanover: Chipstone Foundation, 2005), 141, figs. 39, 40. The dovetail construction and the design of the turned collar at the top of the column beneath the cross brace relate closely to a center table with marble top in the collection at Winterthur, attributed to Phyfe, that descended in the family of Robert Donaldson, Phyfe’s most important client of the 1820’s. Its overall quality suggests the hand of a top maker and its design and construction points to Phyfe.
 Peter M. Kenny and Michael K. Brown’s Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011), 208, pl. 32.