EXCEPTIONAL QUEEN ANNE CANDLESTAND. SPECTACULAR RED PAINT.....sale pending
Probably Newburyport, Massachusetts, ca. 1800. Attributed to Joseph Short. Appears to be birch and perhaps maple. Thinly worked oval-tilt top. Urn shaft with scalloped base, graceful cabriole legs with carved spines tapering to narrow ankles, ending in platformed slipper feet. Appears to retain original latch. The carving of the legs, the spine, and the feet are crisply and expertly developed. An achievement of form and cabinet-making skill. In this Federal to American Fancy period “tomato red”, a warm-red paint, was very popular. The red paint appears to be the first surface. Undersides not over-varnished, viewable surfaces are. Other than a hairline on the oval-top, the stand is in remarkable highly cared-for condition, having seen little use or extremes of temperature. Top down about 26 ¼ tall. Upright about 38 ½ inches. Provenance includes Peter Eaton; 30+ year private collection.