Fine Rare Philadelphia Marble Top Center Table

attributed to Anthony Quervelle, circa 1829, with finely figured "Egyptian" black marble top, with a stencil decorated, figured mahogany, burlwood and rosewood banded "drapery" surround, gadrooned outer molding, finely figured mahogany pedestal base with ebonizing and stencil decoration, on boldly formed carved lion's paw feet, with gilt and carved scrolls and "wings", set on brass casters, 28-1/2 x 42 in. 

Note: This important center table is closely related to a suite of furniture ordered for the east room of the White House in 1829. The set included two pier tables and three center tables with depressed "black and gold" marble insets in the tops which cost $100 a piece. For more on the Quervelle shop and this particular example, see The Magazine Antiques, July 1973, "The Furniture of Anthony G. Quervelle, Part Two: The Pedestal Tables" by Robert C. Smith.

Provenance:Peter Hill, United States Antiques, purchased 1972 (accompanied by correspondence and early transparency); The Estate of William N. Banks, Jr., Newnan, Georgia


surviving in a very good state of preservation, this table retains much of its bronzing and gilding, a detail lost on many of the other Quervelle pedestal tables; wear and substantial losses to bronzing and gilding at top, and typical cracks and scattered repairs to rosewood veneered banding at outer edge, minor shrinkage cracks to marble surround for top, some sun fading and cracks to skirt, pedestal base retains fine dry early surface, typical cracks and repairs with some areas of infill to pedestal base, feet, wings, and scrolls appear to retain much of their original surface, with some scattered edge chips and some areas of paint retouch, especially at tops and edges of scrolls, feet and interior of wings retain dark, vert antique paint, underside of pedestal with two later metal braces, marble top original with no apparent breaks (not removed for examination), top with some light wear and scratches

Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
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