A French Provincial Painted Pine Side Table From a Potters Studio c.1900

Origin: French
Period: 3rd Republic
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900
Width: 47”
Height: 27.5”
Depth: 23.25” (all at top)

The provincially made French pine carcass showing the wonderful original elephant blue/grey paint layer, worn thoroughly and consistently with age having been used in a potters studio, with the top in nine sections, over two frieze drawers with their original knob handles, opening to reveal one partitioned interior and one plain, the whole raised on square chamfered block legs joined by an h-stretcher and surviving from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.

The rustic and provincially made carcass has a wonderful patina to its paint, with a host of character and craquelure commensurate with its age and heavy use. The knob handles are original and there have been no additions to the piece since its creation. There is some gaps to the top between some of the planks, mainly to the corners. Overall it could be used as is and enjoyed as a beautiful decorative piece.

There is also an interesting stamp to the top right leg reading ‘GMAH’ (?) which could be a makers mark or perhaps the name of the studio.

One can very much picture the scene; with this table having been part of the daily life in a potters studio, with a wheel is set up to catch the natural light from a window, and the shelves lined with bowls, cups and jugs waiting to be fired.

A beautifully authentic piece of French painted furniture with an artful past.