Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

A Classical Mahogany Drum Table; Baltimore, c.1825

a Classical figured mahogany drum table; Baltimore, c.1825; while few and far between among American makers, Baltimore was perhaps the most prolific producer of this rare form; the bold “Regency” reeding of the legs, the figured “pie-wedge” veneered top, the multiple turned baluster rings, and the spiky reeded “star fruit” pedestal urn are all quintessential Baltimore design features; the off-center, pivoting top conceals a work bin with revolving tool tray; incorporating a deeper “bass” drum form, this table is very possibly from the same shop as the example pictured below; both tables’ interplay of figured maple against darker mahogany is often associated with the shop of John Needles; the table is in excellent condition with only minor veneer patching and a very slight bow to the top; the old, probably original underlying finish has been cleaned and polished; tulip poplar and “baywood” mahogany secondary woods; 19th and 20th Century history of ownership in the Deanna M. Fravel Family of Woodstock, Virginia; dimensions: 30 1/4″ tall x 25″ diameter


The Magazine Antiques, April 1989

Classical Maryland, 1815-1845
(MdHS, Weidman et al, 1993)

A modern twist on a similar design.