This table was formerly property of Mr. Ronald S. Kane, a prominent and profoundly influential collector of American Federal and Classical furniture and decorative arts. Mr. Kane assembled his collection under the guidance of such prodigious curators and historians as Berry B. Tracy and Edward Vason Jones. The present table was sold to Mr. Kane by Mr. John Walton and was part of a landmark auction of Kane’s collection held at Christie’s, in New York City, 22nd January 1994.
Other than the present table, only one other piece of furniture bearing a Christian label exists; a desk his workshop made for the Governor’s room and Mayor’s office of City Hall in New York City, circa 1814-1815. The table shown here retains a remarkably intact paper label that was amended in ink to demonstrate that is was made at “90 Fulton Street”, which was several doors away from workshop of Duncan Phyfe.