For The Record: Kilian Brothers Worktable
Here’s another installment of my For The Record posts, in which seek to disburse information on pieces with available documentation for future identification purposes.
While perusing the Neal Auction furniture sections for this weekend’s sale, I noticed a worktable that I have reference material on. This is one of the variants of Kilian Brothers’ work tables depicted in their ca. 1870 catalog. This catalog is shown, in part, in the May 1999 issue of Magazine Antiques.
There are two versions in the May issue, an ebonized one from the catalog with the similarly raised table surface as well as a contemporary photo of another, less-ebonized design with a flat, inlaid surface. Notice the female “classically influenced” (as “Antiques” states it) mounts with female busts resembling the carved arms we’ve been beating to death on this site. The female mounts, skirt incisings, leg shape, and urn are all the same, though some hardware on the sides are a differentiation. It just seems there were multiple variants of this table.