GOTHIC REVIVAL MARBLE-TOP MAHOGANY MIXING TABLE

Philadelphia, c. 1835

The oblong Egyptian marble top above a cavetto cornice above a blind drawer with carved scroll and foliate-decorated facade, above a veneered cabinet door with applied Gothic tracery, on a beveled plinth raised by paneled demilune feet.

H: 38″ W: 31  D: 18″

Condition: Excellent: Veneer chip on façade.

The mixing table, a small marble-topped cabinet, seems to have been made primarily in Philadelphia and Baltimore, possibly for the southern trade.  There are many examples in the Grecian Plain-Style and Gothic taste, indicating that the form originated in the 1830’s, and one, c.1835-45, labeled by Anthony Quervelle of Philadelphia, is known.[1] Though the origin of the concept is unknown, there seems little doubt that the basic design was inspired by designs for “Pedestals for Sideboard Tables” (pl. LXVI) and “Pedestal Sideboard and Wine Cooler” (pl. LXXV) in George Smith’s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide (London, 1828), a popular and influential design directory.  Today, it is ideal as an entry hall table or as an additional serving piece.

[1] Robert C. Smith The Furniture of Anthony G. Quervelle: Part IV: Some Case Pieces, The Magazine Antiques (January 1974), 180-190, fig. 11.

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