Classical Mahogany Drop-Leaf Dining Table


Possibly by John Needles (active 1810-1852)

Baltimore, 1815-1825



The solid mahogany top with reeded edge and drop-leaves that narrow slightly towards their ends creating a gentle bow to the sides, (giving the affect of an oval top), with arched aprons below the central board, above a sturdy turned pedestal with a suppressed urn above three ring turnings continuing to four powerful saber legs with reeded top edge, terminating in massive brass animal paw toe caps and caster wheels.


H: 28" W: open: 71¼"  closed: 26"  D: 54"


Condition: Excellent: the top has been refinished with shellac in the manner of the period. The brass casters have been restored to their original appearance.


This table, referred to in the period as a "pillar and claw" table, is almost identical to one in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society.[1]  Importantly, however, unlike the published example, it is not the center section of a lager dining table, having been designed as a stand-alone table.  It seats eight comfortably.


[1] Gregory R. Weidman, Furniture in Maryland 1740-1940 (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1984), 185, fig. 157.

Dealer Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc.
Date: c.1820
Origin Baltimore
Artist/Maker Probably John Needles
Measurements H: 28" W: open: 71" closed: 26" D: 54"
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