Check out the twin to this bowfront server from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!

There's wooden cabinetry, and then there's Federal cabinetry made by Salem, Massachusetts, cabinetmaker William Hook. Appraised by Andrew Holter at the Detroit ROADSHOW event in 2013 for an auction estimate of $5,000 to $8,000, this piece showed signs of Hook's mastery in the water-leaf carving on the tops of the colonettes, as well as the reeded legs. "At the top, you see these wonderful outset corners with turned roundels," Holter described, "and then it continues to this great molding … with this kind of rope-form beading" — more details that can be attributed to Hook.

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About the Author Dylan Hayley Leavitt
Dylan Hayley Leavitt was ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's digital associate producer from 2012 to 2017.