Very Fine American Classical Carved Mahogany Sofa Table, c. 1820, Philadelphia, drop-leaf top, two frieze drawers, reverse with two faux drawers, carved lyre supports, turned stretcher, brass paw feet, casters, pine and poplar secondary woods, h. 29 in., w. 63 in., d. 30 1/2 in. Provenance: New Orleans Antiquarian Collection. Note: While relatively common among English Regency furniture, sofa tables were a rarer form in the U.S. during the early 19th century. The finely carved lyre supports on the sofa table offered here are directly related to Philadelphia Classical furniture, such as a dining table featuring a nearly identical foliate panel and similar disk carvings, illustrated in the Boor publication Philadelphia Empire Furniture.
Ref.: Boor, Allison, Jonathan Boor, et al. Philadelphia Empire Furniture. Pennsylvania: John William Boor, 2006, p. 158. For additional examples with related foliate carvings, see pp. 187 and 261.