Yet more interesting(?) things from a recent auction.
There were three very different low boys at the auction a few weeks back. It is unusual to have that many low boys at one auction. They are as follows:
George II Inlaid Low Boy
Description: 18th century, oak, pine secondary, top with banded veneer bordered edge, single long drawer above three side by side short drawers, shaped skirt, on cabriole legs with ball and claw feet.
Size: 29 x 31.5 x 18.5 in.
English Queen Anne Low Boy
Description: 18th century, oak and elm, pine secondary, upper long drawer above three side by side short drawers, boldly scrolled skirt, cabriole legs with pad feet.
Size: 28.75 x 30 x 19.5 in.
Henry Ford Museum Reproduction Low Boy
Description: Colonial Manufacturing Co., with label and tag to interior of drawer, “Number 326 Mahogany Savery Low Boy”, upper long drawer above three side by side drawers, central with shell carving, fluted canted quarter columns, on cabriole legs with shell carved knee on ball and claw feet.
Size: 30 x 36 x 20.5 in.
I will mostly ignore the impostor for this blog. It has machine cut dovetails, believe it or not. The only interesting thing about it is the carved shell on the center drawer:
We will now compare parts of the two remaining low boys starting with the aprons and some drawer area details:
Some carcass detail:
All low boys have legs:
The cabriole leg continues up:
And edge treatments:
There was actually a fourth low boy at the auction:
Edwardian Inlaid Low Boy
Description: In the Queen Anne taste, circa 1900, mahogany, mahogany veneer, rectangular top with herringbone and sawtooth inlays, upper long drawer above a central hinged cabinet door flanked by two small drawers, shaped skirt, tall tapered legs with pad feet.
Size: 33 x 36 x 23 in.
And a fifth one at this weeks auction:
Description: Circa 1760, white pine secondary, top with molded edge, upper long lipped drawer above three side by side lipped drawers, shaped skirt with drop finials, raised on tall cabriole legs with pad feet.
Size: 32 x 35 x 21.5 in.
I will cover these later.