18th century Federal card or game table from the home of U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, descended in the Marshall family. Mid-Atlantic or Southern origin; mahogany with pine secondary wood. Folding thumbnail molded serpentine top with projecting rounded corners; rear leg swings out to support top, revealing dovetailed backboard. Flame mahogany veneered skirt, stiles with dark wood band at intersection of skirt and top of front legs. Retains glue blocks to corners. Top recessed for felt or leather (now removed). 29″ H x 35 7/8″ W x 17 3/4″ D center. Possibly Maryland or Virginia, circa 1790. Note: This is one of two matching game tables shown in the 1913 printed catalog featuring the John Marshall home and its furniture titled “John Marshall and His Home” by Mary Newton Stanard, shown in the photo of the Drawing Room, opposite page 18. The matching card table is additionally listed on a 1964 John Marshall House acquisition catalog sheet and a 1972 appraisal letter where the provenance is listed as Maryland, possibly the Annapolis shop of John Shaw (although that attribution has been questioned). Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Descended in the family of Lewis M. Coleman Jr. II (1894-1914), son of Lewis M. Coleman Jr., son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis Minor Coleman (1827-1863) and Mary Ambler Marshall, daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of fourth U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835), a friend, attorney and biographer of George Washington. CONDITION: Split across center of top of table. Veneer losses at back corners. Interior surface missing lining. 9 1/2″ L x 7/8″ W patch at top left front stile of leg.
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