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Shaped marble top, cross stretcher with drop. Reeded tapering legs. Ormolu on drawer front, woman's head in center with goats and vines (keyhole under left goat's horn) and on sides, cupids blowing horns, and vines. Decorated in gilt and ormolu.


1794-1796, probably acquired in Paris by James Swan, Boston, MA [see note 1]; after 1796, with his wife Hepzibah Clark Swan (d. 1825), Dorchester, MA; 1825, after her death, by inheritance to their daughter, Mrs. John C. Howard; by inheritance to her granddaughter, Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol; 1927, bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol. (Accession date: September 8, 1927) NOTES: [1] James Swan was a merchant established in Paris, and was appointed an official agent for the purchase of supplies in the United States in 1794 by the French Government. His partner was Johann-Caspar Schweizer, a Swiss. According to Howard Rice, the French Government placed at his disposal luxury goods to be exchanged in America for food supplies and war materials. The Swan and Schweizer agency shipped these articles to the United States between 1794-1795, where much of it was sold. However, this piece was among those that Swan kept for his personal use. See H. Rice "James Swan, Agent of the French Republic 1794-1796" The New England Quarterly, Vol. X, No. 3, Sept. 1937, p. 464-486.

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Swan Collection. Bequest of Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol

French, about 1785

Object Place

Paris, France


Height x width: 37 x 46 in., 48.3 cm (94 x 116.8 cm, 19 in.)

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Oak veneered with mahogany and satinwood, gilt-bronze mounts, marble top