From the Sack Volumes
New Era In American Antiques
Brochure #6, January, 1960
“The first 50 years in collecting of Americana was the era of discovery – the formation of museum and private collections – the recognition of regional characteristics. The vast amount of significant creative forms that emerged proved the scope and importance of American antiques.
“We have entered into the second era, the era of re-evaluation. Enough material is available to keep museum staffs and students busy classifying labeled examples, important regional groups and characteristics of regional craftsmen.
“But the most important recognition taking place is the definition of a unique American theme, so important that no study of the history of decorative arts is complete without it. This theme is the perfection of form, proportion and integration in American furniture. In English and Continental period furniture, the form is supplementary – a medium for the ornamental expression. Only in American furniture is the form paramount – the ornamentation supplementary. Therefore, the most successful American pieces are not necessarily the most elaborate, but those which most successfully define the American character.
“Israel Sack always approached American antiques from this standpoint. When asked how he recognized an American from an English counterpart, he’d say: ‘That’s easy, by its accent.’ Many of the relatively simple pieces he sold to museums and private collections have risen many times in value as the American theme merged (sic). We, his sons, use this theme as a basis in our selection and are not impressed by an ornamented piece if, in our judgment, it is unsuccessful in form or artisanship.”
No. 306 Queen Anne mahogany tea table with candle slides, superb design and craftsmanship. The top, including the raised tray and noticed corners, is carved from one solid piece of mahogany. Original throughout with fine color. Descended in the Gardner family, Rhode Island, c. 1740 - 60. A choice specimen of one of the most sought after forms in American furniture.
Ht. 28 1/2" Wd. 28 3/4" Dp. 18 1/2"