Private dealer in New York City specializing exclusively in top quality antique American furniture of the first 40 years of the 19th century

American classical furniture incorporates Empire and French Restauration styles of which Duncan Phyfe was an leading designer

beds

case furniture

American Classical period mahogany armchairs

American Federal period side and dining chairs

Antique secretaries of the American Classical period of furniture-making

sideboards

antique American recamiers of the Classical or Empire period

antique American stools of the early 19th century

dining and breakfast tables

antique American card tables from the early 19th century Federal / Classical periods

antique mahogany center tables from the American Classical furniture period

dining tables

library, drum, writing tables

early 19th century American made pier tables - Restauration period

work tables

other tables - console, dressing, occasional, sofa, etc.

antique lighting

giltwood mirrors

19th century american antique fireplace accessories

miscellaneous furniture

objets d'art

paintings

 

PAIR OF ROSEWOOD CURULE-BASE FOOTSTOOLS
Boston, 1820-1830

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PAIR OF ROSEWOOD CURULE-BASE FOOTSTOOLS
Boston 1820-1830

Each with a rectangular upholstered seat cushion on a conforming molded frame raised on a curule base with a turned stretcher.
Wood: white pine

H: 15", W: 14½", D: 12½" each

Condition: Excellent; small veneer patches to the seat frame and one turned boss replaced. Re-finished with shellac in the manner of the period. Modern upholstery, one stool retaining original upholstery webbing.

Curule-base furniture is among the most “archeologically accurate” evocations of ancient classical furniture forms adopted for use in the Classical Revival of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Depicted in ancient Greek vases and wall painting un-earthed in excavations in southern Italy in the second quarter of the eighteenth century, the design was quickly applied to chairs, stools, sofas and tables by French and English furniture designers and arbiters of taste such as Percier & Fontaine, Thomas Sheraton, Thomas Hope and George Smith, whose design directories influenced cabinet-makers all over the western world by 1810.

SF-96952

Carswell Rush Berlin, Solid and Permanent Grandeur: The Design Roots of American Classical Furniture, (The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show catalog, 2002), p.17-26.

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