A George III Chippendale Design Mahogany & Marble Side Table c.1780

Origin: English
Period: George III & Later
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1780; the top later
Height: 28”
Width: 36”
Depth: 12.25” (all at extremities)

The principally Georgian mahogany side or hall table, having a later portasanta marble top and applied dentil frieze, decorated with blind fretwork on chamfered block legs, the elegant and slim proportioned carcass with good colour, surviving from the last quarter of the eighteenth century.

The table probably had a mahogany top that was damaged and not saveable so the marble was introduced and a dentil frieze added, the rest of the carcass is all Georgian and with a good colour, with the fretwork all in tact to all sides. There is one corner of loss to the marble top as photographed, with the mahogany facing veneers with a little bubbling.

The most widely known English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was a London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. The Chippendale style is often described as being an anglicised type of Rococo, and Rococo is one of the styles Chippendale encompasses, along with Gothic and Chinese.

Chinese Chippendale creations often included cabinets and shelves for china, and typically features pagoda-style pediments and glazing bars arranged in a fretwork design. This fretwork was also used on the edges of tables as we see here and on the backs and legs of chairs, often coated with lacquer. The design motif comes from his interest in incorporating Chinese and other Asian designs into some of his furniture, which are now sought after antiques that are widely copied. The repetitive geometric line patterns, usually within a rectangular framework as we see here, are varied and beautiful, and complex for a cabinet-maker to execute.

Although a marriage, this is in a hard to find size and proves a lovely looker, perfect for a hallway or reception room.