Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Baltimore Carved Work Table, c.1820


a carved mahogany and mahogany veneered two-drawer work table; attributed to the shop of John Needles, c.1820; the overall drawer construction, including high quality veneers and cockbeading, multiple diagonal glue blocking along the runners, and chamfering of the runners at the back, are all seen on documented Needles tables; the top is of “plated” construction, consisting of a fillet, or one-piece thick veneer, over a box frame with veneered edges, similar to the structure of many Federal sideboard tops; the pointed and ridged, reeded legs over trumpet feet are Baltimore’s version of the English Regency Style’s emulation of the “fasces lictoriae”, ceremonial bundles of rods carried by Roman magistrates; similar legs can be found on a Maryland dining table found in Weidman’s book Furniture in Maryland, 1740-1940 (fig.151); some minor patching, age check to top, and appropriate replaced mahogany pulls; dimensions: 28 1/2” tall x 20 1/4” wide x 18 1/4” deep