Neal Auction Louisiana Purchase Sale, November 20th & 21st

by John Werry on November 18, 2010

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Neal Auction is preparing for their annual Louisiana Purchase sale this weekend which includes a full representation of styles from the early 19th Century through the early 20th.

One of the more interesting items is a Gothic Carved Rosewood Center Table, c. 1845, after a design by Alexander Jackson Davis with original hexagonal white marble top. One can spot a glimpse of the table design in Alexander Jackson Downing’s influential “Architecture of Country Houses” in figure 179.  Once can also see an image of a related but less decorative table in “The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870“.  Neal is expecting a range of $25,000-$30,000 for the table.

Another key item at the sale is a Rosewood Rococo Revival half-tester bed made by Prudent Mallard.  I would say this is one of the more heavily carved beds I’ve seen attributed to Mallard and it is interesting to see the creeping-in of Renaissance Revival elements, especially the cartouches in the footboard.  Neal Auction is expecting a $35,000-$50,000 final sale on this bed.

There is also a rare George Hunzinger daybed with its original patented woven wire webbing.  Expected range for this item is $6,000-$8,000.

Here’s a small smattering of 19th Century lots that will be in this sale and more information is available at the Neal auction website.

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Virginia Sparks April 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

I have a comment and a request for assistance. Very good site, allot of information to do research on mysterous furniture pieces.
I have a “Butter Fly” drop leaf table. It is 48″ around, solid Rosewood and has drawers at each end. I have concluded that this a Joseph Meeks piece. I have locate two tables that have identical features. there is also initials written on the underside on each drawer with white pencil. Under one of the drawers there is the initials “EA”, which may be Edwards Meeks initials, but that is just a guess on my part. One last ID mark that I can’t seem to figure out is a stencil #5017…..and strangely, each drawer is numbered with a 9 & 10. this is such a extrodinary table! simple, but very elegant, with very suttle carving. I have been digging for years to find out everything about this table. My opinion is this is one of the pieces produced before the fire occured at Meeks first furniture warehouse. Could you point me towards more information to ID those initials on the bottom of those drawers? Is there a way to do that? I have detailed photos of my table, and would love to forward to you look at. anyway, any help would be appreciated….thanks for your time. Virginia Sparks.

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