Winner of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art-Bullfinch Award for Craftsmanship and Artisanship.
Our exquisite Federal Boston Demilune Hall Table is a tribute to a masterwork by John Seymour of Boston, circa 1794. The original card table was documented by antiques scholar Robert Mussey and described as having “extraordinary beauty and harmony of design”. It was discovered on Antiques Road Show in 1997, and sold later at auction for $540,000!
Our table features a neoclassical theme of three superlative garlands of graduated bellflower swags, stems and berries tied with bowknots, inlaid into a continuous ribbon mahogany apron. Pendant bellflowers descend from the bowknots onto curly satinwood panels, inlaid into tapered legs and bordered with black-white string. The hand-carved therm feet descend stylistically from the Greek God Mercury’s winged feet. The leg corners are also scratch-carved for reflective effect.
The tripartite bellflowers display the technique of sand-shading, whereby the edges of the lower two of three overlapping petals are scorched in hot sand to produce a more realistic visual depth.
The swirl-mahogany top is inlaid with a necklace of holly leaves and berries around its perimeter. Inlaid contrasting curly satinwood with black-white borders at the top edge and apron strongly emphasize the curved form.
About 475 inlay elements were individually hand-cut from veneers using a knife and carving gouges. Each was then knifed-traced on the primary wood. Individual recesses were hand-cut with gouges and tiny chisels, and the parts glued into place.
To allow for the uninterrupted veneered surface of the curved apron, the middle legs were double blind-tenoned into the apron from below. To provide the optimal veneer substrate, the curve was constructed of staggered rows of horizontally-laid quartersawn pine bricks.
The finish was hand-varnished and hand-polished to a resplendent patina.
18D x 36W x 30H
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