An exciting and much inlaid sofa or library table, Continental, early 1800′s, made in mahogany with fine inlays and quill-work. All is done in the best neoclassical style with a pair of drawers to one side and false drawers to the other over a trestle form base. H. 30.5″, w. 40″ (leaves down), d. 30″. $2350.
An outstanding English Regency table circa 1810.
On this table quill-work is done with black ink and some leafage colored on the background of a light hardwood. This elegant lift top piece was likely a sewing stand or work table. Each surface, even the interior lids have detailed scenes of the Orient. The various vignettes include architecture (pagodas and others), Chinese fence-work in many designs, bridges, dentils, scrolls, costumed figures, and boats (rowboats, sailboats). The interior is lined with original light blue paper. No major repair, some wear. H. 28″, w.18.5″, d.15″. A delightful value at $1095.
This table is featured in one of the rooms shown in Dowling’s Classical Interiors. Further excellent provenance is available.
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A very desirable piece of furniture in an era where most could own little. The robust characteristics of this period announce attention to beauty as well as function in design. 17th century English Baroque furniture was largely in oak, that, while long lasting, was very hard and coarse grained, making carving more difficult. The court cupboard that we have acquired shows the work of a talented carver who drew on favorite themes of the period including tendrils, strap-work, birds, heavy turned columns, and leafage. All is preserved here in a remarkable old patina. There is nothing quite like these layered old finishes in warmth and depth.
For your setting, the strength, beauty, and power of the design could be the focus of a beautiful major wall when flanked with period chairs and flanked by mirrors or art. Storage and utility are also part of the design, having cupboard doors and shelves within. To the right, a detail of the 17th century court cupboard central panel. Old restoration as expected in a piece of this age. H. 61″, w. 56″, d. 21.5″.
A George III Hepplewhite styled secretary desk, circa 1800, has an elegant mahogany and mahogany veneered case with period brass and bone interior knobs. It is in two parts, with four sections glazed within arching reeded rims. A desk interior is concealed behind the reeded dropfront panel. Below, cupboard doors open to reveal a central sliding shelf with low sides. All is supported by tall, slender flaring French feet flanking a shaped apron. With narrow width, this is most easy to place. The upper section might display a collection or leather bound books. H. 80″,w. 36″, d. 19.5″. You will not need to think about or discuss this purchase at my tempting $2650. No major repair.
The functions of a good bureau are often determined by height. This 33’5″ tall example might be perfect for your hall or living room as it will easily hold lamps at a proper reading height and look great flanked by a pair of period chairs.
This superb English George III mahogany Chippendale chest has delightful details of a moulded edge on a conforming top above a bold serpentine base with thumbnail moulded edge drawers below a brush slide. The serpentine front drawers are flanked by rare “blind” fretwork. All stand on well shaped ogee bracket feet. Overall in a nice polish and depth of graining and color. Brasses are cast and filed, fitting into the original holes. H. 33.5″ w. 47″ , d. 25″.
This English early Georgian tea or games table in mahogany, with shaped apron, well formed hips and slender curving legs on slipper feet has good color and grain. It features an end drawer as well as a hidden compartment locked within. Small size at a 30.5″ width. Priced to prompt your excitement at $1650.
This tall and elegant 18th century ” Queen Anne ” wing chair is among the most desirable forms in period furnishings. This era is known for the vertically rolled arms above tall cabriole legs. These legs have reeded c-scrolls and shell carved knees under a polished old finish. Minor repair, Height 44″ , overall width at arms, 32 1/2″. Upholstered in an older soft, pale gold cotton damask. $3450.
On our recent purchases and a pleasure to offer are these seven English Chippendale type chairs, all circa 1760-1800. Each is of a well patinaed mahogany with great old color. These are sound, well cared for chairs that have been recently been reupholstered. Please note that this is the slip seat type that is easily recovered to suit your taste. Presently they are covered in a fine fabric with a tapestry stripe.
This set includes a matching set of six side chairs and a similarly carved armchair. The serpentine crests are molded and beaded, terminating in carved ears above strapwork vertical splats. Each trapezoidal slip seat rests in seat frames on square legs with stretchers. H. 37 1/2″ , seat width at front 20 1/2+”. Minor old repairs. This handsome set is available at $ 4800 for the seven pieces.
Lovely walnut English Queen Anne flip top tea or games table of the 18th century. The folding top opens over a swing leg and conceals a compartment below. This an especially curvaceous cabriole leg with a reed detail on the scroll support over full club feet. There are no major repairs. H.29”,w. 34″ , d. 16 1/4″.
This beautiful George II mahogany sideboard offers practicality as well. Flame grain mahogany outlined in line inlay and dark well-grained banding decorates the astragal corner top. Storage includes a bottle drawer to the left and a tambour compartment below. The tapering Hepplewhite legs terminate in spade feet. All circa 1785-1810, Britain. Some alteration. Very good wood color and patina. L. 72″, d. 25″, h. 36″. Enjoy the elegance and functionality of the 18th century in your rooms. I caution the interested not to hesitate here. $2450