Finer American, English, and Continental Antiques and Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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MeC. Lyman McCallum, Jr., CEO of Chicora Antiques, Inc., has been proudly serving the needs of connoisseurs of finer 18th and 19th century American, English, and French antiques and decorative arts since 1990. After twenty-years, we have relocated from Charleston to Columbia, South Carolina, and are only open by appointment or show exhibition. By choice, we do not have a retail store, but remain vigorously active in serving our existing clientele as advisers and welcome new clients from our show exhibitions and website offerings. Our emphasis has always been on objects of true rarity, superior quality, originality, form, and condition. All of our merchandise is accompanied with a comprehensive written guarantee of authenticity, condition, and authorship, attribution, and provenance when available. It has been a pleasure establishing long and lasting relationships with our clients and hope you will become acquainted with our merchandise, expertise, scholarship, resources and services of acquiring and the study of material culture.

Appraisal services are available as well.

Chicora Antiques, Inc. has recently updated our website with new additions to our inventory. We hope you will enjoy perusing our new offerings. The current economic climate provides collectors of fine art with tremendous opportunities in obtaining objects of great intrinsic value and artistic merit at exceptional value. This fact, in addition to our choice in eliminating our retail operation overheads, has prompted a re-evaluation of our inventory pricing. All items shown on our website now reflect these factors. We endeavor to persuade all who are able to do so, to take advantage of what is currently a true investment opportunity.

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                Auction and Estate Services

Our twenty plus years experience allows us liberal access to items that appear at auction, estate sales, and privately throughout the country and abroad that might otherwise not be available to the inexperienced collector or the unseasoned novice. Likewise, we strongly advise against the beginner to contemplate these sources without first asking for the assistance and guarantee of a professional. Therefore, we are pleased to offer an inspection and authentication service for any piece that presents itself at any of these settings. At your request, we will personally examine, authenticate in writing, negotiate, and attempt to purchase on your behalf any object that presents itself at public or private sale. This service comes with the same absolute guarantee of condition and authenticity that accompanies our stock. The commission rate for such services varies, but generally averages around 20% of the purchase price. Please contact us for further information.

OUR FEATURED ITEM

A very fine and rare New York City or Charleston rosewood, rosewood veneered, gilt, and stenciled work table, circa 1820-1825, firmly attributed to the workshop of Deming and Bulkley

A very fine and rare New York City or Charleston rosewood, rosewood veneered, gilt, and stenciled work table, circa 1820-1825, firmly attributed to the New York City cabinet shop of Brazilia Deming and Eratus Bulkley, active in New York and Charleston, South Carolina,  This work table has a hinged work surface, two-drawers, a grain painted tambour compartment, scrolled legs with gilt acanthus-leaf carved lion’s paw feet, and the original gilt-stenciling. The  very high-style and prolific gilding on this work table, as well as the unusual form, elaborate carving and exotic rosewood veneers, is also indicative of the workshop of Deming and Bulkley firm, whose output often exhibited a well-executed combination of freehand and stenciled applications.

This very rare table, is one of only two New York City work tables, firmly attributed to the partnership of Brazilia Deming and Eratus Bulkley

(For a larger image, simply click on any photograph)

SHOWN BELOW:

A remarkable pair of classical gilt-stenciled rosewood dolphin-support card tables
attributed to Deming and Bulkley, New York City, 1815-1825, sold at Christie’s, New York City, January 23rd, 2009.

Please note that the gilt-stenciled “basket-of-flowers” that appear on both of these card tables are identical to the gilt-stenciled”basket-of-flowers” which appear on the present work table.

CONDITION: The present table has a very old surface, which has been professionally conserved and retains portions of its’ original finish. Remarkably, the fine stenciling remains completely intact. The stamped brasses are original, as is the ivory knob on the tables’ slide. The water-leaf gilding on the tables’ four legs has been refreshed according to museum conservation standards. The table has no notable repairs or restoration.

PROVENANCE: A distinguished private collection.

DIMENSIONS: Height. 29″, Width: 20 1/2″, Depth: 16″.

ATTRIBUTION:

The importation of New York City furniture into Southern ports was extremely common in the early nineteegth century, particularly after 1810. Much of this furniture was made to order, or “custom commissioned”. Recent scholarship has proved that a there was a significant number of entrepreneurial cabinet-shops who brought their own wares into cities, such as Charleston, in order to market them directly to America’s growing elite. The purpose in so doing was to eliminate the challenges and frustrations customers faced in attempting to order goods out of state, sometimes from cabinet-shops often to busy to take orders. A letter from Mrs. Sarah Elliot Huger of Charleston demonstrates this:

“Mr. Phyfe is so much the United States rage that is with difficulty now, that one can procure and audience even of a few moments; not a week since I waited in company with a dozen others at least an hour in his cold shop and after all, was obliged to return home, without seeing the great man; However a few days since I had the great fortune to arrive at his house just at the moment he was entering and consequently extorted from him another promise that the furniture should certainly be finished in three weeks. The tables from $325 to $350; Phyfe says he cannot tell precisely the price”.

The New York City cabinet-shop of Deming and Bulkley began importing their products into the city of Charleston in 1818, they and opened a retail shop or “Ware-house” on King Street, which, by all accounts was extremely successful. A substantial grouping of furniture is now positively linked to their firm through invoices and other records, as well as by idiosyncratic details favored by the partnership. The highly-specialized motifs exhibited in the present table, most notably, the gilt-stenciling and and highly specialized “paw” feet, would strongly suggest an attribution to the workshop of Deming and Bulkley.  A recent study attributed ten card tables, containing either dolphin supports or feet, to the Deming and Bulkley workshop. All of these had Charleston, South Carolina, histories.

NOTES: It is documented that in 1828, Colonel Thomas Pinckney of Charleston, ordered $1,330.50 worth of furniture and goods from the workshop of Deming and Bulkley for his Broad Street address, which included two rosewood sofas, an ottoman, two armchairs, two taborets, eighteen chairs, four-light wood chairs, seven satin damask window curtains, one marble top center table, two marble top pier tables, two card tables, four pictures, etc.

The cabinet-shop of Brazilia Deming and Eratus Bulkley was one the most significant cabinet firms making exceptionally high-style furniture in New York City between the years 1820 and 1840. Their partnership also brought the practice of gilt stenciling and pen work decoration the highest level.

Their firm, located at 56 Beekman Street, in New York City, also established a thriving retail business at 205 King Street in Charleston in the 1820’s. They became the most important supplier of fashionable furniture to the first families of Charleston for the next twenty-years as well as maintaining a thriving New York business.

Brazilia Deming (1781-1854) was a well established cabinetmaker in New York when he was joined in business by his cousin Erastus Bulkley (1798-1872) about 1820, Bulkley had already made his first trip to Charleston at the age of twenty in 1818. Seeing potential in the market there, Bulkley set up a retail establishment on King Street and began to advertise shipments of “elegant …Cabinet Furniture, from their Manufactory in New York.” which “for Elegance of Style and excellence of Workmanship, is equal if not superior to any ever imported to this City.” By capturing the very top of the market of the elite upper-classes with the finest Classical furniture in the latest French style, by 1825 they had become the dominant formal furniture supplier to the most affluent and “well-to-do”  upper-classes of Charleston, South Carolina, as is evidenced by the surviving documented examples with Charleston, South Carolina histories as is shown in this text.

SHOWN BELOW:

A card table, one of a pair, firmly attributed to Deming and Bulkey, once owned by Colonel Thomas Pinckney of Charleston, which was part of his furnishings that he ordered from Deming and Bulkley, for his Broad Street residence now in the collection of “The Charleston Museum”.

SHOWN BELOW:

Two card tables, and a marble top center table, attributed to Deming and Bulkley, New York City, circa 1825 . (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

 

SHOWN BELOW:

SHOWN BELOW:

A similar, thought less successful American rosewood, rosewood grained, gilt-stenciled and gilt-wood work table, circa 1820-1830, attributed to Deming and Bulkley, New York City and Charleston, South Carolina, sold by Neal Auction, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2011, lot #334.

REFERENCES: A Catalogue of Northern Furniture with Southern Provenances: MESDA Journal, November 1989.
W. Cooper, Classical Taste in America 1800-1840, Abbeville Press, 1993.

P. Kenny, “Honore Lannuier, Cabinetmaker from Paris”, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York, 1998.

D. Hewett, “Hewett’s American Cabinetmakers 1999-2000 Edition”.

R. Leath/ M. McInnis, “Beautiful Specimens, Elegant Patterns: New
York Furniture for the Charleston market 1810-1840″, American
Furniture edited by Luke Beckerdite. Chipstone Foundation 1996.

For additional information, a full condition report, and price, simply call us C. Lyman McCallum, Jr. at 1~803~834~3787, or email us at chicoraclm@msn.com As always, your inquiries are welcomed!

Our clients’ utmost satisfaction is our number one goal. We endeavor to provide them with a great selection of antiques of superior form and condition. To that same end, we proudly warrant the authenticity and condition of everything that is owned and placed in stock by Chicora Antiques, Inc. and provide this guarantee of authenticity in writing, as described in our descriptions and comprehensive invoices. We take great pride in offering this assurance of guarantee to collectors of fine antiques and decorative arts, however, we do not issue cash refunds under any circumstances, except those pertaining to misrepresentation, in which case, a resolution equivalent to the purchase price is conditionally issued for objects that Chicora Antiques, Inc. has owned and sold. Resolutions are not subject to negotiation, and is issued only as shop credit for future purchases for items owned by Chicora Antiques, Inc., less the cost of shipping and insurance, provided it is returned to us in the same condition. Our stock is carefully reviewed for quality and condition, conserved as needed by qualified artisans, then fully documented and described in our shop texts.

Approvals

We are delighted to allow any item in our inventory to be shipped, or taken, on approval, for parties who are seriously interested. We do require that any object taken, or shipped on approval be paid for in full, including shipping charges, and tax of the sale, when applicable, before it is removed from our stock. Sales made out of state are tax-exempt. This generous approval option is subject to the same terms, guarantee, and condition of the sale, as is composed in our detailed invoices, which clearly states that we do not issue cash refunds, under any circumstances, other than those pertaining to misrepresentation of age, origin, provenance, or condition. If that remote event were to occur, an immediate reimbursement will be presented to the buyer as a credit towards future purchases, or exchanges, from our stock, less the cost of shipping and insurance, provided it is returned to us in the same condition.

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Deferred Payments

Assembling a fine collection takes time. Therefore, we do offer extended payments at no extra charge for certain items. The only provision we require is that the piece remain on our possession until payment in full has been made.

Upgrading Your Collection

Time for a re-evaluation of your fine arts collection? We can help! Our confidence in our stock is so sound, we are happy to issue 100% shop credit for any item that was previously owned and sold at retail price by Chicora Antiques, Inc. This generous policy allows our clients to upgrade, exchange, or even reduce their collection, as they wish. No explanation required! It is truly a pleasure to re-handle our own merchandise. Exchanges are not subject to negotiation, but unlike stock or bonds, there is no broker trading fee!

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