PAIR OF RESTAURATION GILT-STENCIL-DECORATED MAHOGANY PIER TABLES
In the Manner of Isaac Jones (1794-1868, active 1818-1840)
Philadelphia, c. 1835
Each with oblong Carrara marble tops with conforming cavetto frieze with gilt-stencil decoration, supported by scrolled supports with upholstered oval bosses with carved gilt-wood frames, flanking a mirrored back, the mirror bordered by gilt beveled liner, on a plinth with a concave and gadrooned front edge, raised on acanthus-carved feet.
H: 37″ W: 44″ D: 20¾” each
Condition: Excellent; Retaining original marble tops.
In 1833, Isaac Jones made a highly impressive suite of gilt-stencil decorated mahogany and rosewood bedroom furniture for his client Elijah Van Syckel (1788-1855), a wealthy wine and liquor merchant, comprising a monumental tester bedstead, bed steps, pair of armoires, bonheur-de-jour, dressing bureau and marble-top wash stand. Although the present tables have elements in common with furniture made by other Philadelphia makers, it is noteworthy that both the stenciled scrolls of these table relate to the documented Jones/Van Syckel wash stand, and their lion’s paw feet relate closely to those on the Jones/Van Syckel dressing bureau. This double connection to Jones’s documented work offers a compelling argument for tying the present tables to him. Jones appears in the Philadelphia city directories from 1818 through 1840 at various addresses but was located at 75 and 77 North Front Street in the 1830’s when the present tables and the Van Syckel suite were made.
Pier tables such as these were designed to be placed against an architectural pier, between sets of doors or windows, or flanking a door or fireplace. This style of pier table with solid scroll supports with oval scroll bases is unique to Philadelphia.
 The Isaac Jones suite of furniture made for Elijah Van Syckel is in the collection at Winterthur and is illustrated in Alison and Jonathan Boor’s Philadelphia Empire Furniture (West Chester, PA.: Boor Management, 2006), 441, 469, 480, 496, 547. The boneur-de-jour is the only labeled piece in the suite and is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.