A fine base of a Rococo-Revival etagere, or whatnot, the base now used as a pier table, the original shelved and mirrored superstructure missing, The piece is of mahogany ( possibly black walnut ), with a square panel in the back for a mirror, now missing. The front has deeply scrolled cabriole legs, each fitted with a leaf-shaped shelf, with a shaped lower shelf. The skirt has a carved shell cartouche. The top is of white statuary marble.
This is a handsome and monumental peice, with the emphasis on graceful line and not on intricate carving. The leaf- shaped lower shelves are characteristic of New York etageres, which would have been echoed in the multi-shelf arrangement above.
The top Measurements are:
47 3/4" wide at back 19" deep The table is 35" tall
A closely-related etagere by the cabinetmaker Thomas Brooks of Brooklyn, New York, sold at the Weymouth Hall auction, Natchez, Mississippi, on 1-2 March 1997.