American Renaissance Carved Mahogany and Mosaic Table, c. 1880, possibly George A. Schastey, New York, elaborately tiled top with brass molded edge, frieze drawer with copper-lined interior, lion-carved supports with paw feet, incurvate pierced base, ball feet, h. 31 1/2 in., w. 33 1/2 in., d. 33 1/2 in. Note: While figural carvings were a popular design element used by many Gilded Age cabinetmakers such as Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus, perhaps the most robustly carved and animated figural carvings from this period are found on pieces by the German-born New York cabinetmaker George A. Schastey. The lively lion faces surmounting the supports of the table offered here are closely related to similar figures on a massive sideboard designed by Schastey for the James C. Flood mansion in Menlo Park, California in 1878. A chimney breast from the entrance of the Worsham-Rockefeller House in New York City, where Schastey was commissioned to refurbish the entire interior in 1881, also features distinctive lion faces related to this table.
Ref.: Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney and Nicholas C. Vincent. Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016, pp. 19, 32-33.