Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

A Diminutive Federal Mahogany Work Table; Baltimore, c.1815

a diminutive Federal Sheraton style mahogany lift-top work table; Baltimore, c.1815; the triple reeded top edge, multiple ring turnings on the legs, and characteristic “Regency” trumpet feet are all Baltimore cabinetmaking traits, seen as well on a Maryland dining table found in Weidman’s book Furniture in Maryland, 1740-1940 (fig.151); the combined use of “baywood” mahogany for the drawer sides and tulip poplar for the bottoms is also an attribute of Baltimore furniture of the period; in excellent condition with a later pulls; dimensions: 28 2/8″ tall x 15 7/8″ wide x 13 3/4″ deep @ the top


A similar stand of nearly identical proportions and possibly from the same maker sold at New Orleans Auctions on Feb. 4, 2013. This example has typical Baltimore “Regency” reeding (albeit more rounded) of the legs, concave “thumb” molding of the top edge (more often seen on Federal Maryland demi-lune card and astragal work tables), and more bulbous variations of Baltimore trumpet feet.  The use of mahogany and the reeding of the stiles and legs are strong Baltimore characteristics, but the other somewhat idosyncratic characteristics could account for the Virginia attribution by the auction house.