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Vose & Coates

Pier table

Vose & Coates, cabinetmaker 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.

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