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SA787092

Impressive Coromandel Centre Table

Price

£30,000 | $41,808 USD | €34,962 EUR
Item Number: SA787092
Date of manufacture: Regency
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Freshfords Fine Antiques
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Description

Rare and important Regency period coromandel centre table from the early 19th century. The highly figured circular top is decorated with book-matched veneers and crossbanded with a double banding of quarter cut veneers and a smaller outer banding of horizontal cut veneers. The top is very lively with a crossbanded coromandel edge that smooths off to rounded inward tapering. This fine detail sits above a shallow frieze that is intricately carved and made in sections. The open fret carving has an Asian style and depicts mystical shapes, centralised with hearts.
The table sits on an open fret triform pedestal base, crossbanded in coromandel adorned with solid bold scrolled supports that stand on a plinth base. The table is raised on imposing hairy paw feet with crisply carved acanthus leaf decoration and scrolls that stand on the original gilt brass concealed castors.
The table is in excellent untouched condition.
George Smith was cabinet and furniture maker to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, and he published furniture designs that helped define the Regency style. Smith was most well known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter of the 19th century and was spoken of in the same breath as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope. He made furniture in a wide, eclectic range of tastes based generally on the late neo-classical style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie. He produced several pattern books the first being 'A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration'. George Smith in his seminal 1808 publication ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture’ interpreted and popularised the somewhat austere designs delineated in Thomas Hope’s earlier publication, ‘Household Furniture’, and Peter & Michael Angelo Nicholson’s work, ‘The Practical Cabinet-Maker, Upholsterer and Complete Decorator’.
Other Influences of Design:
Peter & Michael Angelo Nicholson furniture designed and produced by the Nicholson’s. Peter Nicholson (1765-1844) trained as a cabinet maker in Edinburgh before moving to London at the age of twenty-three, later practising as an architect and writing many text books on carpentry, building, perspective and mathematics. His son Michael Angelo (c.1796-1842) worked with his father and in 1826 they collaborated to produce a much acclaimed book, ‘The Practical Cabinet Maker’, which illustrated the rich profusion of naturalistic leaf carving blended with classical motif, so typical of their work.
Coromandel wood, sometimes known as Calamander, is one of the most valuable, decorative hardwoods. It is a variety of ebony, Diospyros Macassar, or Macassar ebony (variegated ebony), which comes from India and South East Asia. It has the most dramatic colouring: hazel brown interspersed with black or charcoal grey stripes. The name ‘calamander’ comes from Coromandel, referring to the Coromandel Coast in India from where it was exported. It was used in furniture, luthiery and for sculpture.
It is an exceptionally heavy, dense, close-grained wood, which takes an especially long time to season. Notoriously hard to work, it quickly blunts tool edges; it can be brittle, which is why it was often used in veneer form rather than in the solid. It was valued not only for its beauty, but also for its beautiful smooth surface, and its resistance to shrinkage and warping.
First imported to the Low Countries in the 17th century, it was occasionally used for veneering cabinets and mirror frames. Then, at the end of the 18th century, with the advent of Sheraton and his elegant, decorative designs, it became popular as an inlay, giving a dramatic contrast to mahogany or satinwood in the form of stringing or banding. Very occasionally used in the solid to make chairs, it remained a favourite of the Regency period, lending itself to the e
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Regency.


Dimensions

Height = 74 cm (29.1")
Width = 127 cm (50.0")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")


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Freshfords Fine Antiques
Bath
Somerset
United Kingdom
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