Sensational Red Paint
Of a rare form I have not previously seen.
New England, ca. 1820,
Soft totally dry dark red original paint on pine with complex, patinated surface. The form is quiet, elegant, simple, yet with a design sophistication such that it could not be improved upon. Tapered legs with two dovetailed drawers in the apron with a most atypical round top having just the perfect overhang. Even the figure (now subtly raised) of the pine was positioned to flow directly front to back.
The table is beautifully preserved, with the paint having just minor expected edge wear. Underneath is a very dark patina except where protected by the drawers, just as it should be. Seems to be completely untouched; I find no repairs or alterations.
Top is about 23 2/4 inches diameter. Stands tall and straight, height about 27 ¼. A country table that is art, made during a period when most buyers had a keen eye for design of furniture, not just function..