A Gothic Center Table

New York
About 1845-1850

While the design of this table is attributed to Alexander Jackson Davis, it is likely that the table was constructed in one of the premier New York City cabinetmaking shops such as Alexander Roux or Charles Baudouine. While all the other known related tables are hexagonal shaped, this table is the only known example that is oval. The original marble top rests upon a conforming oval apron. Just below a simple edge molding, a ripple molding extends around the apron. An ogival arcade defines the apron and a drop finial punctuates each arch. Each of the six round columns supporting the top transition into three clustered columns as they join the plinth. The plinth shares the identical design as the better known hexagonal tables but utilizes four trefoil-shaped legs instead of three. On top of each extended leg, a complex pattern of reel and arch moldings decorates the top of each leg. A smaller rectangle of ripple moldings adorns the space between each leg. The table is raised on concealed brass casters. The original tracery lantern once attached under the table is now missing. These tables represent the peak of the Gothic style in New York City cabinetmaking.

Rosewood, (Secondary woods: pine and poplar)
Height: 28” Width: 42” Depth: 30 ½”

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