In today’s day and age, writing notes by hand has become a style statement. And some one with a real taste in fine furniture has taken home a beautifully carved out 1765-Catherine Goddard Chippendale Block-and-Shell Carved and Figured Mahogany Bureau Table which was estimated by Christie’s to fetch between $700,000 and $900,000. But cabinetmaker John Goddard master piece was sold at a staggering $5,682,500 making it the most expensive American furniture to be sold in an auction.
The table features a handwritten label on the top drawer of the table which shows that Goddard crafted this knee-hole bureau especially for his daughter, Catherine Goddard as a wedding gift. The table was said to be a family treasure until John’s great-great granddaughter Mary Briggs (Weaver) Case sold the table off in the 1900s. When the table was last put under the hammer in January 2005 it earned $940,000.