A Decorative Black-Painted Pine Serving Table c.1840-60

Origin: English
Period: Early/Mid-Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1840-60
Width: 48”
Height: 30”
Depth: 24” (all at top)

The dark-painted or stained pine carcass showing the wonderful original textured surface worn thoroughly and consistently with age, the heavily worn top over two frieze drawers with original knob handles, the whole raised on well-turned legs, surviving from the early Victorian period.

The carcass has a wonderful patina, with a host of character commensurate with its age and heavy use and it remains steady on its feet. The knob handles are original and there have been no additions to the piece since its creation. The top has heavy wear with three-quarters of the paint finish worn through to the pine surface and some old white paint splatters here and there. Overall it could be used as is and enjoyed as a beautiful decorative piece and we have given the whole a wax to protect the paintwork.

This piece was probably used as a serving table of sorts at the time of its creation and the family that owned this piece of furniture would have stained or painted it with the idea of it simulating a more exotic wood such as plum-pudding mahogany and thus make them appear wealthier. It is ironic now that this type of paintwork is more prized commercially than a mahogany piece of this period.

Deliciously decorative and effortless in its versatility, and increasingly difficult to find un-meddled with.