Walnut Burl Encoignure Game Table
Attributed to Daniel Pabst, Philadelphia c. 1875
Distinctive pieces attributed to the pre-eminent Philadelphia cabinetmaker Daniel Pabst are rare and highly sought after. This unusual walnut burl game table features – in addition to its interesting encoignure form – fitted and concealed card drawers, shaped chip compartments and a round blue baize playing surface, as well as punch-ground stylized trailing ivy carvings on both its outer and inner tops. These details, as well as the shell-carved cabriole design of the legs, relate to other pieces associated with Pabst. Construction and decorative techniques serve as the basis of attribution for this artisan who rarely – if ever – signed his work.