Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Sideboard Form Valuables Chest or Work Box; Baltimore, c.1825

Needles Sideboard three quarters

a rare sideboard form valuables chest or work box; while many period miniatures based on full sized originals often sacrificed continuity of proportion and design, this example masterfully captures the balance of Classical Baltimore elements, while conceding to and even embracing the constraints inherent with working at this smaller scale; confidently attributed to the shop of John Needles, the use of an elliptical ebony keyhole escutcheon, the full-width birds-eye maple “drawer” front, the ring and ball feet, the tripartite format of contrasting mahogany and partridge wood gothic panels, the double reeded base molding, the single reeded “stepped” top edge, the reeded pilasters between the three bays, the turned ebony knobs, the ebonized cove moldings beneath the top and drawer, and even the double reeded top edges of the meticulously dovetailed mahogany work-tray insert, are all associated with numerous labeled and attributed Needles examples; the box is in excellent condition with all original feet and knobs; there are repairs to a chip in the ring of the back right foot as well as several small, age-commensurate veneer blemishes and chips; the ebonized cove moldings have a lightly “alligatored” surface that appears to be original; dimensions: 12″ h. x 20 1/2″ w. x 9 3/4″ d.


 Needles chest open
John Needles Miniature Sideboard

Baltimore sideboard  Needles sideboard


Neal Auctions, January 2015


full width birds-eye maple drawer front with ebony prospect drawer knobs

labeled Needles table

single reeded “stepped” top edge (Classical Maryland, MdHS, 1993, Fig. 140, p.115)