A Rare Diminutive Size Classical Pier Table
Attributed to Deming & Bulkley, New York, ca. 1825
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, brass caps, stenciling and gilt decoration, marble top.
Condition: Excellent condition, retaining both the original marble top and mirror plate. Very minor touch-ups to stencil work and gilt border.
Provenance: Descended through a private family, Connecticut
The rarity of this diminutive size pier table is further complemented by the exceptional quality of the carving, gilt work, and stencil decoration. This piece is certainly identifiable as a Deming & Bulkley by the structure and stylistic elements. This firm was well established in New York City and was best known for being Charleston, South Carolina’s premier supplier of high style classical furniture.
While a number of New York firms sent venture cargo to Charleston, it was the firn of Brazilia Deming (1781-1854) and Erastus Bulkley (1798-1872) that established New York City as the primary supplier of high style classical furniture to Charleston. Through documents and surviving examples of their furniture, this important commercial and cultural exchange has been documented in detail. After finding success with venture cargo, this firm established a retail storefront on King Street, where they continued to cater to the upper end of the furniture market, selling classical furniture to wealthy Charlestonians from 1818 into the 1840s.
Dimensions: 35 1/2" h., 30" w., 16 1/2" d. (at furthest points)
Item ID: F-T 248