MARBLE TOP SIDEBOARD – Joseph Meeks & Sons
New York city
Circa 1833 -1845
Upon first observing this Fine Quality Sideboard, special attention should be given towards its precisely balanced cabinetry. To enjoy the excellence of a piece of furniture of this sort, one must be prepared to spend time examining its geometric refinement and the precision of its construction. The cabinetmakers overall achievement is a unified composition, serene and powerful.
This fine sideboard is composed of curves and severe straight lines that was a American characteristic of fashionable interiors of this period. The special order of the impressive original multi-grained black marble (Egyptian marble) top creates a contrasting feature as it rests upon its rich mahogany base. Solid character is notably illustrated in the design accented with a stunningly arrayed of luxurious grained mahogany veneers. The highly grained wood joins with the flowing lines of its base construction creating a visual excitement that becomes optic art.
The Meeks Family was a important cabinetmaking firm in the American Classical Period. In 1833, a printed color advertisement showed examples of their inventory. This advertisement was the first American publication illustrating complete furniture design of “S” and “C” scrolls in all forms. Note # 33 & 43 (sideboards) This was a style of furniture popular in 1830’s through the 1840’s the last of the American Classical Period.
The masterful sense of style associated with Joseph Meeks & Sons of N.Y.C. is evident with this Fine Marble Top Sideboard.
Estate found in good antique condition wear consistent with age and use.
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