The Van Tassel - Baumann gallery offers for sale a good selection of eighteenth century early American antique furniture and decorative accessories, particularly from the Delaware Valley and surrounding area.
  Below you will find just a few of the objects in our diverse inventory. If you would like to see more we hope you will contact us about your specific interests, plan a visit to our gallery or to one of our up-coming antique shows.

William and Mary Spice Box
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A rare William and Mary period maple spice box with a bold raised panel door and figured  wood in several areas. The interior features five drawers with tiger maple fronts. The chest sits on old ball feet, probably replaced. The hinges and the great escutcheon are period brass. The secondary wood is white pine.

New England states, 1700 - 1740. SOLD




cherry New England tavern table
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 A small cherry Queen Anne tavern table featuring a single board top with notched corners, skirts with molded edges and turned splayed legs terminating in button feet. This table was once painted green and retains minute traces on all parts. No losses, cracks to top. 25 1/2" high, top 29" X 19".
New England states, circa 1730 - 60.
Price: SOLD

Federal Canterbury
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An imposing American folio size mahogany canterbury from the federal period, 1795-1810, probably Philadelphia. This piece features graceful fluted columns at the front of the dividers. It combines utility with the popular neoclassical style seen in the many city buildings erected at that time. With its ample proportions it could house the tall double entry ledgers then used by doctors, lawyers and merchants. 

This canterbury is in a very original state with only a few pieces of secondary wood missing, a drawer runner and two glue blocks. The finish is very old. The brasses are original including the casters in perfect condition. 24 3/4" high X 24 1/2" wide X 13 3/4" deep, Secondary wood poplar and pine.

Price: SOLD


Walnut Chippendale claw foot table
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table open
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A good Delaware Valley Chippendale walnut drop leaf dining table with inset scalloped skirts and graceful cabriole legs terminating in bold claw and ball feet. The top and leaves all have single boards and open to an ample 47 1/2" long X 51" wide dining surface. The height is 28 1/2". This table is in excellent condition with an older finish and some minor wear and tear. No repairs except replacement hinges installed in the original locations. Philadelphia or Delaware, circa 1760-80. 

An old label inside one skirt indicates that this table was shipped to Rebekah W. Elliot at Smith College where she may have been a teacher. She was born in New York in 1892 and lived in Philadelphia in 1910. Her mother Nena A. Elliot was a Philadelphia resident and both her father and grandfather graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. This table may have come from their estate. In 1918 Rebekah was listed as the assistant editor of "Country Gentleman" magazine published in Philadelphia. She also traveled to Italy, Venice as a writer and lived at times in New York on Park Ave.

Rebekah's great grandfather, Rev. Thomas Read DD was a celebrated patriot who worked directly with Gen. Washington just prior to The Battle Of Brandywine. He was born in Chester County and lived and worked in Delaware ( See attached information from The History Of Chester County by Futhey and Cope).

At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is the Rebecca Ward Elliot Collection, a group of family daguerreotype images including many of  the family members mentioned above. 




Elliott Looking Glass
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Elliott Label
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 A very good, large American made Queen Anne looking glass bearing the early 1762 German/English label of John Elliott. This mirror, made in Philadelphia, is a rare exception to the many English imports at that time. Length 50", width 18". 
The mirror and part of the backboard is replaced.

Chapin school chest
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A small cherry Chippendale four drawer chest with an overhung top, fluted quarter columns and ogee feet (replaced). The decorative brasses appear to be original. Many construction details of this chest suggest that the cabinetmaker was a follower of the Chapin school. Connecticut River Valley, circa 1780 - 1790,  case 33 3/4" wide X 32 1/2" high X 19" deep
PRICE: $6,000.00

pair of Delaware Valley chippendale side chairs
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A very good pair of walnut Queen Anne Quaker side chairs with curved yoke crest rails and carved ears, solid splats and cabriole legs ending in bold trifid feet. Delaware Valley, probably New Jersey. These chairs are identical to a pair associated with the Haddon family and pictured in The Colonial Furniture Of West New Jersey, page 80.
Excellent original condition with no repairs.
Price: SOLD

Diminutive American antique Chippendale chest
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A small early  American antique Chippendale chest in mahogany with a single board molded edge top, four graduated overlapping drawers and original ogee bracket feet. Case width only 33 5/8 inches, retains portions of an old finish, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania circa 1770-80.
Brasses replaced, a few patches to the drawer fronts and feet.
PRICE: $5,800.00

Antique walnut schrank
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A fine walnut Pennsylvania schrank or wardrobe with bold raised panel doors hung on rattail hinges, raised panel sides both top and base, fluted corner columns both top and base, dental molding in the cornice and six overlapping drawers in the base. Smaller than most, the dimensions are 60" wide at the base, 22" deep, 79 1/2" high. 
Superior craftsmanship throughout and a great piece of early American antique furniture, probably Chester or Lancaster County, circa 1770-80.
Refinished, brasses and feet are old replacements. SOLD 

Miniature Tiger Maple Chest
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A spectacular early nineteenth century small chest of drawers in highly figured maple with tulip poplar secondary wood. Chests of this size and quality are quite rare. this example features excellent proportions and is in pristine condition with no repairs or replacements. Pennsylvania, circa 1810-30. 24" high X 20" wide X 13 1/2" deep.

Price: SOLD



Assembled Set of Philadelphia Queen Anne Chairs
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A very rare and early assembled set of four Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut side chairs, a pair and two singles all with yoke crest rail and splat design similar to work from the Fussell-Savery workshop. The early restrained cabriole legs are joined by shaped flat stretchers. These chairs are in very good condition with expected wear, two patches and some replaced knee returns . Probable date span 1725 to 1740. Related examples can be found in catalogs from the Israel Sack Collection and two Chairs in the Wrights Ferry Mansion Museum, Columbia, Pennsylvania. A few other examples can be found in house museums in and around the Philadelphia area. 
These chairs represent the earliest expression of the Philadelphia Queen Anne style---Quaker restraint meets Queen Anne's curves.
 Price: $21,000.00 the set

Philadelphia Card Table
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A fine late eighteenth century Marlborough period mahogany card table with a highly figured serpentine top on a base with serpentine front and sides. The long drawer is outlined with holly inlay as well as the edges of the top. The oval brasses are original. Tapering molded legs complete this very original piece with minor repairs and no replacements.

Philadelphia, 1785 - 1794 and possibly from the workshop of  Thomas Affleck. 29" high X 37 1/2" wide X 18" deep

This card table relates to several earlier documented examples that came from the shop of Thomas Affleck, see William Horner, "The Blue Book Of Philadelphia Furniture"plates 255,265,269 and 276. Also, plate 296 of Horner's book pictures one of several desks with tapering molded legs and drawers with holly inlay outlines that relate to this table. These were made by Affleck between 1790-94 for the State House (Independence Hall). One of these desks is also pictured in "Treasures Of Independence" plate XXXVII (page 119).

This table is labeled by Schuylkill House, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, the shop of the late Phillip Cowan, collector, dealer, Philadelphia furniture Scholar and a great guy.

Price: SOLD



William and Mary Daybed0
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A rare and early walnut William and Mary period daybed with excellent turnings, Mid-Atlantic states or possibly southern, circa 1730-50. Very original condition.




Queen Anne table
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An unusually small Queen Anne pad foot card  or breakfast table with a folding top and a drawer, probably Irish, circa 1750. This excellent example is exceedingly diminutive and quite rare. Crafted in dense figured mahogany this sturdy table is entirely original including brasses and has only minute repair. 29" high X 13" deep X only 26 3/4" wide.

From a fine Willistown, Pennsylvania collection.




antique American chest on frame
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A figured walnut Queen Anne chest on frame, rural Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania or possibly southern, circa 1760-80. This chest features highly figured matched drawer fronts, a drawer in the base and bold cabriole legs terminating in trifid feet. The condition is excellent with only a minor repair to the backboard in the base, a great piece of early American antique furniture. Refinished, brasses replaced, overall dimensions, 42 1/2" wide x 70 1/2" high x 20 1/2" deep.
PRICE: $11,000.00

Philadelphia sewing stand
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A fine mahogany and mahogany veneer early American antique sewing stand with matched door and drawer fronts cut from a single piece of veneer. Philadelphia, circa 1800. Excellent condition throughout. 28" high, 25 1/2" wide, 15" deep.

PRICE: $3,000.00 






Chippendale table
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A very small Philadelphia Chippendale drop leaf table table with graceful cabriole legs ending in claw and ball feet. A popular form in a rare small size.

27 1/2" high X 32 3/4" long X 12 1/2" deep, closed.

This outstanding table was probably assembled in the late nineteenth - early twentieth century by a master craftsman who used only choice eighteenth century elements in its creation. The condition is excellent.

Price: $ SOLD


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