Fine “High Country”
Queen Anne Candlestand
in Historic Surface
.....sale pending

New England, ca. 1760-1790.
Likely North-shore Boston to Portsmouth area. Almost surely the original surface, the surface varnish (now oxidized and patinated to a dark red leaning toward black) likely pigmented to emulate mahogany, the premier furniture wood in that period, yet unavailable or too expensive for country makers. The top looks like figured birch, or possibly walnut. . Elegant form, the broad base with beautifully carved cabriole legs. Note the graceful sweep of the legs from the knee (spurred underneath) down to the ankles, then sweeping upward leading into the carved-padded feet. The legs have a well-defined central carved spine, a feature that reveals the skill of the maker, and are double wooden pegged to the base. The turned column has a compressed urn with incised lathe lines of decoration at its top, and a well defined knop near the top. Under the top is raw, unfinished wood, with a warm-hue, chamfered about the edges to lighten its appearance, and shows at the edges the transition from applied surface to raw wood. The block likely retains original screws. About 26 ¼ inches tall, the top diameter 17 ¼ with the grain; 17 across (showing the cross-grain shrinkage). Excellent condition with minor expected irregularities. The design is exceptional, as the broad base relative to the height and top give it a sense of strength and stability.

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