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August 11, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Federal Maple and Pine Card Table

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2669MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: August 11, 2013 10:00AM


Federal Maple and Pine Card Table, possibly New Hampshire, early 19th century, the shaped top above a single drawer joining four tapering legs, (imperfections),ht. 27 1/2, top wd. 39, top dp. 19 in.

Literature: The Impecunious Collector's Guide to American Antiques, by John T. Kirk, Knopf, 1975, fig. 105.

Note: As evidenced by this table's appearance, Kirk found it a good fit for his chapter called "Buy It Ratty and Leave it Alone." He writes of it on pages 112-113: "we should delight in and thoroughly enjoy what we have [as opposed to what we don't have]. It is true that this is not the way that this table originally appeared, but it will never be as it once was unless you start over, so if you cannot delight in the present leaf, you should ignore the piece entirely."

Estimate $300-500

folding part of top missing, swing leg screwed into rear apron, drawer runner replaced, cracks, losses, stains, and added screws to top, losses to lower portions of legs, rear two legs pieced about 3/4 inch at bottom with cork, dovetail on right side of drawer is part of an old corncob.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


John T. Kirk, New Hampshire, Impecunious Collector, drawer runner