Federal period Sheraton server (baby sideboard to use a technical term) with mahogany flame grain veneers on the top and drawer fronts. Made around 1830/40. I like Federal as the category, which is accurate, but as we all know, tastes of the time dictate the addition of deletion of various characteristics. If one wishes to dissect whether a piece is Sheraton, Empire or Federal please remember that all things overlap and are influenced by what comes before and what is constantly coming; meaning there are no hard lines.
Proper and elegantly shaped gallery, two drawers over one drawer over an open base with a shaped shelf. Well turned legs and feet with single and double stacked rings all tastefully done. A superbly proportioned and balanced piece with the original finish poorly and unfortunately overcoated with lacquer. Who ever did the over coating was not skilled and did not lay the finish down properly. We were forced to remove the coating and start the finishing history over. Hopefully you can tell which are before and which are the after pictures.
Drawer bottoms and sides are southern yellow pine. The top and drawer fronts are matched flame grain mahogany. The remainder of the server is in cherry wood. The piece is not as red as the photos show and if needed to match a decor we can still tone the reddish to more brown by re-lacquering with a toner added
I first thought this to be a New york piece but it is my understanding that the shape of the gallery suggests Philadelphia or Baltimore. I will be first to admit that regional identification is not my best skill set and that styles and characteristics can and were influenced by whomever traveled through.
36 inches wide.
The gallery appears to be original and is dovetailed at the corners. The drawers are also hand cut dovetails as they should be. The drawer bottoms and all construction is as it should be to have been made around 1820-40. This is not a 1920 reproduction but understand there were many very fine pieces built around 1900-1920. The drawer pulls are older replacements.
From an estate, to B & H Antique Auctions in Virginia, to me.
Please do not let the low price concern you. There is nothing wrong with this piece! This was bought at a fair price which I will pass along to the next buyer.
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