An excellent antique Federal mahogany and inlaid five-leg games table Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1810.
This nicely proportioned antique games table has a wonderful old surface with a mellow patina. The shaped top has serpentine sides and a bowed front. The table rests on four ring turned and reeded, tapered cylindrical legs, terminating in ring cuffs. The center rear leg has a slide mechanism that is extended to support the fly leaf. Although relatively uncommon, many five leg card tables were produced in Hepplewhite and Sheraton forms and most are associated with New York cabinetmakers. The New York examples, however were configured with a swing or gate leg that returned to the proper right side of the back when in the closed position. In contrast, a small group of tables, including this example, configured with a sliding center leg has been identified and documented. These antique games tables have been attributed to the Boston vicinity and nearby communities just to the South of Boston such as Dorchester, Braintree or Weymouth. Two very similar examples are documented, one is illustrated in the supplement to “John & Thomas Seymour; Cabinetmakers in Boston”, by Vernon C. Stoneman, page 64, plate 43 and the other from the Winterthur collection, can be found in “American Furniture, The Federal Period…”; Charles Montgomery, plate 303, page 331.
Height 29” Width 36” Depth 16 3/4”.
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