Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Labeled John Needles Card Table, Baltimore, c.1820

a carved mahogany and mahogany veneered card table; the smaller size, tripod base, and acorn-shaped pendant drops are refined variations on a common Baltimore form; in excellent condition with a small surface patch to the front left fly-leaf corner; tulip poplar and pine secondary woods; the mate to this table is in the collection of The Maryland Historical Society (cat. no. 1997.32), the front apron veneers of both tables having been cut from the same flitch of figured mahogany; dimensions: 28 3/4″ height x 35 3/4″ width x 17 5/8″ depth




Maryland Historical Society (cat. no. 1997.32)


affixed to bottom of till interior at pedestal through-tenon


John Needles, flanked by his sons John and Edward, c.1870 (courtesy of Lally Family descendants)


The 30″ x 18½” square sewing table was highly sought during the sale. Supported by a single turned pedestal with saber legs, it retained its original label, “John Needles, 54 Hanover Street, Baltimore.” Although missing one of its pulls and several sections of veneer, the table retained its original finish, feet, casters, and decorative drops. The table sewed up a very respectable $12,075 (est. $1000/1500). Motley photo. Motley’s Auction & Realty Group, Richmond, Virginia, September 13, 2006. (courtesy Maine Antique Digest)


Christie’s, October 8, 1997