John Needles Classical Sideboard, Baltimore, circa 1825, with stenciled label in center drawer, horsehair covered mixing slide, and "Lazy Susan" bottle holder. Primary woods: Mahogany and flame-grain mahogany veneers. Secondary woods: mahogany (drawer sides), white pine and poplar. Backsplash with molded top over a rectangular case, two short drawers supported by Ionic carved columns over two tall cabinet sections, each with paneled door, flanking a center section with recessed white marble top, over a pull-out mixing slide with likely original patterned horsehair covering, over a long center drawer and two short paneled cabinet doors. Right cabinet section features a revolving "Lazy Susan" style bottle holder. Plinth base raised on four acanthus carved paw front feet and two substantial turned back feet. Retains original pressed glass knobs. 56" H x 76 1/2" W x 24" D. Provenance: By oral history, descended in the family of Joseph Walker of Hagerstown, Maryland until the settlement of an estate in about 2000; sold through a dealer to a private Middle Tennessee collector. Note: John Needles (1786-1878) apprenticed with Maryland cabinetmakers Edward Priestly and William Camp and then opened his own cabinet shop on Hanover Street in Baltimore in 1810. His shop flourished until 1853, producing some of the city's finest examples of Grecian, Gothic and French inspired furniture. Surviving labeled pieces are scarce. (Ref. William C. Jetchum, Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture 1640-1940, p. 247-248). For a related, labeled sideboard, ref. Gregory R. Weidman, Jennifer F. Goldsborough, et al., Classical Maryland 1815-1845: Fine and Decorative Arts from the Golden Age, exhib. catalog, Maryland Historical Society and The Museum & Library of Maryland History, Baltimore, 1993, p. 118, fig. 143. CONDITION: Older surface with scattered small veneer chips and repairs, up to 1", most noticeably at corners of top, right drawer front edge, and plinth base center. 2 screws missing for backsplash; not all remaining screws appear original. Full shrinkage cracks to the solid wood tops of each side section. Light staining and scratching to marble top. Age splits, stains and some residue to interior drawer bottoms.
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