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Attributed to Holmes & Haines
New York, 1825

The oblong marble top over a conforming painted case with gilded knife-edge molding above a frieze with a gilt stenciled arabesque banding above three blind drawers with a central fruit and foliate stencil flanked by plinths with stenciled decoration, supported by white marble columns with carved giltwood Corinthian capitals and marble pilasters in the back, above a concave shaped plinth with a stenciled arabesque band, raised on massive carved verde antique painted animal paw feet with carved giltwood cornucopia brackets issuing fruit.

H: 43 ½" W: 75 ¼" D: 24"

Condition: The surface condition of this piece is pristine, remaining untouched. All the gilding is also completely original. The toes of each foot have been recarved and the turned rear legs are replaced. (the style of the toes and rear legs was copied from a pier table made en-suite with the present table but which has subsequently been separated)

Among the most architectonic of classical furniture forms, this style of painted and heavily gilt stenciled table became popular in New York about 1825. There were half a dozen or more firms in New York whose known work relates to this table and who might have made it, including Deming & Bulkley (working 1820-1850), Holmes and Haines (working 1825-1830), Meeks & Sons (working 1797-1868), and Williams & Dawson (working 1824-1832), (BMA). Pier tables of this type were very popular and are relatively common today. Monumental servers such as this, however, are extremely rare.

Edward Holmes and Simeon Haines established business together in 1825 at 20 Beaver Street and 48 Broad Street, New York City. Although their partnership was dissolved in December 1828 with the sale of their entire stock at 151 Broadway, they continued individually in the cabinet trade into the 1840’s and were even listed at the same address, 58 Broad Street, between 1836 and 1838. Two pier tables bearing the firm’s label, one in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other at the Geneva Historical Society, Geneva, New York, exhibit closely related stenciled decoration to the present sideboard.

[1] See, Erik Rini, “Cabinetmakers in Empire New York City,” The Magazine ANTIQUES, (May, 2005), pp.124-129.



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