Anthony Quervelle Sideboard
Technically this American Classical sideboard that is attributed to Anthony Quervelle is pre-Victorian, probably 1825-1835, but that is close enough for me to profile this beautiful piece in the Rare Victorian.
Anthony Quervelle was a Philadelphia cabinetmaker of French origin. He was born in Paris in 1789 and was working in “Philly” by 1817. He had a successful “Cabinet and Sofa Manufactory” by 1835 at 126 South Street. His work was widely favored and he attracted notable clientèle such as President Andrew Jackson who commissioned Quervelle to produce three marble-topped center and pier tables for the East Room of the White House in 1829. Today his pieces are in several museums including the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can read more about Quervelle here.
From what I have seen of other Quervelle sideboards, the segmented fan panel is one common to his designs. The carved cornucopia brackets are apparently common to Philadelphia designs of the period. Neal Auction is selling this piece during the December 1st and 2nd sale and bidding will start at $4,000 with expected range of $6,000 to $9,000. More details at the listing.