Marble slab table

20th century, in the manner of about 1760–70


Object Place: in the manner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 53

Dimensions

Overall: 71.8 x 106.7 x 59.7 cm (28 1/4 x 42 x 23 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

41.589

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, marble top

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

When this table entered the collection, in 1941, it was believed to be a magnificent example of Philadelphia rococo-style carving from the later-eighteenth century. In the 1970s, however, examination revealed that it is a fake, probably made more than a hundred years later. Scholars discovered that the most vulnerable areas of the table–the feet and the carved knees of the legs–show little or no damage or wear as would be expected on a piece more than two hundred years old. In addition, the rear rail was made out of old wood, possibly a floorboard, as evidenced by its rounded edge and color. In contrast, the rest of the table was made from new mahogany stained and artificially aged to match the old board.

Provenance

Purchased from Jacobs's Antiques Galleries, Boston, for $4,750 for The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts. (Accession Date: October 9, 1941)

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts