Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Hall tree

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Front of hall tree
Front of hall tree  

Pediment
Pediment  
We have an American Oak hall tree, likely purchased in Virginia, that we think is late 19th C/early 20th C.  What puzzles us is that the pediment has an asymmetric swirl design.  I've been unable to find a single antique hall tree that has this kind of design, or any asymmetry at all.  Is our hall tree unique or was there a style or time when hall trees would have an asymmetric element like this?  Any help you could offer is appreciated.  Sincerely, Paul

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please use the followup function and retake the photos in focus and without the light from the window.  i can not see the photos well.  thanks

the asymmetry is not uncommon around 1880-1900.  many manufacturers were doing this in hall seats, chairs, etageres and other pieces.it was part of the aesthetic and art nouveau movements.

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