AMERICAN FEDERAL CHERRYWOOD CANDLESTAND, Mid-Atlantic States, c. 1800
Item # 130001WLG27
(note, the chair, book and candlestick are not part of this listing - they are pictured only to give visual dimensions and proportions)
This is a simply gorgeous American Federal Cherry Candle Stand crafted of solid Cherry in the Mid-Atlantic states, c. 1790-1810. It is a very handsome piece, the top crafted from a single solid board of cherry with shapely scalloped corners and rectangular form.
The back of the top is relatively undisturbed, every single screw appearing to be fully original and in it's original hole - they were likely removed when it was refinished, as there is not evidence of finish buildup along the rails, but each was very carefully restored to it's original space and remain firm and strong. Despite shrinking over the years, the table still functions without flaw, lifting and latching smoothly and providing a sturdy and level surface.
The shaft is shaped with wonderful detail, starting at the bottom in a succession of swelling and receding rings under the urn-form baluster from which sprouts the thin turned pillar lifting the square solid cherry head. The triform "Spider" legs flow out from the base, where they join with a thick dovetail, to terminate in plain square feet.
The underside of the shaft reveals the rough unfinished joinery, clean and without evidence of nails or an absent bracket - as a result of not being secured with a triform bracket, the legs have broken out from the pedestal and have been restored at some point in the past. They remain in very sturdy condition as a result of the workmanship.
An outstanding presentation, this antique side table is a work of art, designed to be flexible in any number of design scenarios in the home - as a fully functional antique candle stand beside the bed, between two windows with a bronze or vase on it, beside an arm chair as an antique side table or tilted in the corner as a presentation piece.
This is a piece that can be utilized actively, changing with your decor to make it a timeless piece that never loses it's classical fashionability and usefulness. It is truly a piece you will treasure and use regularly for a lifetime.
Measurements: Top dimensions 16 3/4" wide x 20 3/16" long; Leg splay 17" toe to toe; Height in rested (table) form is 28 1/2", height in tilted form is 39 1/4"
Condition Report: Refinished during the late 1900's, remaining in quite excellent condition with the usual dings, scratches and abrasions as expected with any antique. All screws original in the original crossbars, the brass catch and clasp both undisturbed and fully original. One leg is repaired with a steel screw hidden beneath a wooden plug where the leg joins the pedestal base. Numerous repaired cracks to the base of the pedestal where the legs dovetail in, likely due to the absence of a triform iron bracket - it was crafted as such, without the bracket. Old hairline crack to the top of the table along with light water marks.