EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE MAHOGANY HEPPLEWHITE ICICLE INLAY DROP LEAF TABLE BY PELATIAH BLISS OF SPRINGFIELD MA
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With our highest compliments & honors we're extremely proud to offer for sale this exceptional museum grade mahogany Hepplewhite icicle inlay drop leaf table. This is a superbly rare CT River Valley table by Pelatiah Bliss of Springfield, MA. Our family originated from Boston but we're now based in Springfield and have intimately studied local cabinetry. For any visiting the area or picking up their merchandise, our warehousing facility is seconds from the Springfield Quadrangle Museums which are sure to far exceed your expectations and hold a truly remarkable collection.
William Lloyd & Pelatiah Bliss are among the earliest known Springfield cabinet makers & the best documented. They're known for using local hardwoods, mainly cherry and used an icicle inlay indicative of the area. This table is crafted from some of the finest cuts of imported Caribbean Mahogany. Caribbean mahogany is the best in the world with it's signature luster achieved by a special oil density present in the wood. This table is especially significant considering the quality of wood stock used. This mahogany would be impossible to find in Western MA and surely made it's way to Bliss' hands as a special order from the port of Boston. We've had this in our personal collection for the longest time but would like to now offer this to our clients. The inlay is masterfully executed and the table retains it's original brass hardware. We don't have a photo of the back shown but the back of the table is fully finished & inlaid like the front and has an identical brass on a faux drawer. The table has shaped leaves with a double string inlay along the edge. & extensive string inlay along the legs & inlaid cuffs. These seldom come to market but when they do they generally fall right below 5 figures. The last one we saw sell at a prominent New England Auction realized ~ 9K after buyers premium and frankly wasn't as nice as this one. We note minimal age expected tear out near the hinges at the rule joint and that's the absolute worst we can say. The table measures 32 1/2" long x 21 1/2" wide x 28 3/4" tall. When the leaves are locked up the width goes from 21 1/2" to 40 1/4".