Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in

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Lot 161W
Isaac Scott (1845-1920)
Dining table
1894
carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leaves
height 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in

Sold for US$ 106,325 inc. premium
Isaac Scott (1845-1920)
Dining table
1894
carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leaves
height 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Property from the Glessner Residence, Skinner, Boston, Massachusetts
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1975

    Isaac Elwood Scott was an Arts and Crafts woodcarver, furniture-maker, and interior designer who worked in Chicago between 1873 and 1883. A contemporary of Daniel Pabst and Frank Furness, much of his furniture was Neo-Gothic in taste that espoused a design philosophy exposed by Charles Locke Eastlake and showed an influence of Bruce Talbert and the British Design Reform movement. Scott exhibited several pieces of "art furniture" at the Chicago Interstate Exposition of 1875, which attracted the attention of John J. Glessner and his wife Frances Macbeth. It led to a decades-long relationship between the Glessners and Scott, who supplied furniture and interior moldings to the Glessner's house on West Washington Street, Chicago, and later to their much-celebrated and preserved H.H. Richardson designed home on Prairie Avenue, Chicago.

    The exceptional design and fluidity of carving shown on the present table must identify it as one of Scott's masterpieces. The intertwining and spiraling foliate scrolls can be seen as a foreshadowing of art nouveau and is a clear progression from Scott's Neo-Gothic designs. Similar carving can be seen (on a much-reduced scale) on a picture frame Scott made to enclose a hand-painted tile that was gifted to Frances Glessner by her sister Helen Macbeth, preserved in the collection of the Glessner House, Chicago.

    Literature
    Hanks, David Issac Scott; Design Reform Furniture in Chicago, Glessner House, Chicago, 1974
    John J. Glessner, The Story of a House: H.H. Richardson's Glessner House, Chicago, 1992
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Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
Isaac Scott (1845-1920) Dining table1894carved walnut, signed "Isaac Scott" and dated 1894 to one leg, with four additional leavesheight 30 1/2in; width 121in (extended); depth 54in
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