AMERICAN FEDERAL CHERRYWOOD CANDLESTAND, Mid-Atlantic States, c. 1800
Item # 130001WLG27
A very handsome piece, the top is cut from a single solid board of cherry with 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 work of art was designed to be flexible in any number of design scenarios in the home - as a fully functional antique side table or antique candle stand for beside the bed, between two windows, beside an arm chair or tilted in the corner. 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.
Measurements: top is 16 3/4" W x 20 3/16” L, 17" toe to toe, 28 1/2” H (rested) 39 1/4” H (raised)
Condition Report: Old refinish with age appropriate wear (light scratches/abrasions). All hardware original. One leg is repaired, a wooden plug at pedestal joint. Repaired cracks to the pedestal where legs dovetail in. Old hairline crack to the top with light water marks.