Vose & Coates
Vose & Coates, American, Pier table, 1818, Mahogany, pine, mahogany veneer, mirrored glass, marble, and gilt brass; 90.8 x 124.5 x 57.1 cm (35 13/16 x 49 x 22 1/2 inches), Abby Rockefeller Mauze Fund 82.014
Isaac Vose and Joshua Coates founded one of Boston’s most highly regarded cabinetmaking firms in the early 1800s. The company’s established reputation and fine craftsmanship came with a correspondingly high cost. This pier table is paired with its original bill of sale dated 1818, which indicates that successful Boston wine merchant John Davis Williams bought it and a mate for $280. Other items listed on Williams’s bill include sixteen mahogany chairs with haircloth seats, a Grecian-style couch, and ten “Gilt and white” chairs. Together, these pieces would handsomely furnish a parlor in the neoclassical French Empire style, manifested here in the table’s stately classical columns, richly veneered geometry, and central gilt-bronze horse-and-chariot plaque.