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Thomas Day Parlor Table

Lot 33 View Catalog

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Thomas Day Parlor Table. Neoclassical Period ca. l830-1 840, American, mahogany and mahogany veneers, square top with serpentine molded edge, conforming frieze with an inferior edge molded cockbead, top supported on an incurvate tapered square pedestal atop a conforming incurvate splayed four leg base, rests on casters, old patina, 341/2" x 34 1/2" x 29".

Property of an Orange, Va. estate whose owners are descendants on one family side to Bartlett Yancey, whom Yanceyville, N.C. is named after and Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart on the other side who was U.S. Secretary of the Interior 1850-1853.

Some slight loss to veneer on feet. Rectangular section on table top which has not faded consistently with rest of piece.

Thomas Day (1801-1861) was a free black man and furniture maker in Antebellum Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. A successful artisan and business man, Day made very high quality furniture for many of North Carolina and Southern Virginia's political and business leaders. He is an important figure in African American, and particularly Southern African American, history. His statue stands outside of the North Carolina Museum of History, where the aforementioned exhibit, "Thomas Day-Behind the Veneer" was held prior to its moving to the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery.

This link is an interesting review of the Day exhibit at the Smithsonian.

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Estimate $1,500 – $2,500
Starting Bid $700
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