William and Mary Painted Maple Butterfly TableNew England, 1745-1760
H. 27 _ in.; W. 34 _ in.; D. (closed) 12 _ in.; D. (open) 38 _ in.
The table, with block and turned splayed legs, retains full height and has supporting turned stretchers. The oval top is supported by well-shaped butterfly wings and a square apron. The whole retains a 19th century varnish over a red stain with a washed top.
Provenance: Jonathan Trace, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Antiques Show, April 8, 1988.
A letter of authentication and condition report, dated May 3, 1989, written by Alan Miller for Dr. and Mrs. Isbell accompanies this lot.
Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
It is an honor and pleasure for Keno Auctions to offer for sale the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Isbell. People collect for a variety of reasons; the Isbells assembled a fabulous Americana collection because of their passion for each piece. Over three decades they sought out the best examples of high quality Colonial American furniture and folk art using the criteria of quality, rarity, condition and provenance as their guide
Condition: The rule joint of this table has been re-shaped and the edges of the top slightly shaved at some point. One small patched repair to the top edge and two patched repairs where butterfly wings meet the top. The top fastening has been reinforced with later screws. Top has been refinished and has several splits. Two patched repairs approximately _ inch by 1 inch fill the former nail holes. Please see condition report written by Alan Miller in 1989, which accompanies this lot.