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Figural motifs-such as the delicate swan carved on the central drawer of this table-are rare in American Rococo furniture. The table belongs to a small group of Philadelphia pieces embellished with scenes thought to be from Aesop's "Fables." The popularity of Aesop's moralistic tales soared in...

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"The M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts." Purchased by Winthrop Sargeant probably while living in Philadelphia after the Revolution; to his son George Washington Sargent; to his daughter Janet Percy Sargent, who later married William Butler Duncan; to her daughter Mary Duncan who later married Paul Dana; to her son (?) William Butler Duncan Dana, husband of the last owner (by tradition, as told by Mrs. William Butler Duncan Dana, date unknown); purchased by the Karoliks, 19XX.

Credit Line

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

About 1760–70

Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 55


Overall: 81 x 51.8 x 92.1 cm (31 7/8 x 20 3/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

San Domingo mahogany, mahogany veneer, yellow-poplar, cedar




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