The Magazine Antiques, Vol. LX, No. 6, December, 1951
. The Magazine Antiques . Philadelphia, PA
NK2438.P5 S76 1951 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This issue has an article Aesop's Fables on Philadelphia Furniture by David Stockwell on 522-25. The article begins from the Howe Highboy with a clear fable carving of FG on the lower center drawer. It relates the carving to early woodcuts in the Caxton tradition. Though the prose correctly speaks of the illustration as belonging to Caxton, the caption for Figure 3 unfortunately presents this Caxton illustration as occurring in an eighteenth-century edition in the Philadelphia Public Library. The article points out that three editions of Aesop's fables were printed in Philadelphia alone in 1777 and six others before the turn of the century. Engravings of Aesop's fables appear in some copies of the 1762 edition of Thomas Chippendale's Director. The article mentions and displays another highboy, a lowboy, a mantel frieze in the Powel Room, and the overmantel panel in the great room at Kenmore. It finds four fables pictured in this panel. Stockwell believes that the unusual and delightful use of the carved fable motif in case furniture is a concept only of the Philadelphia school of craftsmen (525).