A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century

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Lot 1033
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table
late 19th century

Sold for US$ 9,375 inc. premium
Property of various owners
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table
late 19th century
Centering a "crazy quilt" marquetry field including flag, flowers, anchor, wheelbarrow, chair, guitar, patriotic shield with quarter-fan corners, within a border of "tumbling blocks" with six-point star corners, the rails with applied convex-molded bosses centering 5-point stars, on bulbous legs raised on brass claw feet with ball ends.
height 17in (43.2cm); width 36 1/4in (92cm); depth 25in (63.5cm)

Footnotes

  • In his book American Folk Marquetry, Richard Muhlberger calls folk marquetry "male quilting;" the top of this table looks like a crazy quilt, and is remarkable in its detail and execution.

    This table was found in Grove City, Ohio. It was purchased in the early 1970s from the estate of a local doctor; the doctor was reputedly the nephew of the table's maker, a man identified by family tradition as Abraham Misner. Extensive research into Ohio state records identifies a few possible candidates, including an Abraham Charles Misner, born in Meigs County Ohio in 1865 and died in 1935 in Carrolton, Ohio; also possibly Abraham H. Minser, born 1871 in Ohio, death place and date uknown. Unfortunately, none of the possible candidates are known to have been cabinetmakers or carpenters.

    Regardless of his identity, the quality of the craftsmanship and detail of the inlay puts this currently unidentifiable maker within the pantheon of great marqueters, such as Frederick Stedman Hazen (1829-1908), Peter Glass (1824-1901), Henry Hyma (1867-1955), Joseph LeClerc (1875-1966), and Anthyme Leveque (1880-1951), to name a few.
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A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
A rare and exceptional American folk marquetry low table late 19th century
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