Origin: English
Period: George III
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1780-1800
Width: 31.5”
Height: 30”
Depth: 22” (all at top)

The painted pine carcass showing the wonderful original textured surface worn thoroughly and consistently with age, the two-plank top over one frieze drawer with later brass knob handles, to a shaped spandrel pierced frieze, the whole raised on tapering block legs, surviving from the last quarter of eighteenth century England.

The provincially made carcass has a wonderfully dry and textured patina, with a host of character commensurate with its age and use and it remains steady on its feet. The knob handles are slightly later though have a nice patina in their own right. Overall, she can be used as is and enjoyed as a beautiful decorative piece.

The frieze to this table has some loose influence from that of the Chinese Chippendale style, typically featuring pagoda-style pediments and glazing bars arranged in a fretwork design. This fretwork was also used on the edges of tea tables and on the backs and legs of chairs, often coated with lacquer. The design motif comes from Thomas Chippendale’s 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, are varied and beautiful, and complex for a cabinet-maker to execute.

Originality, distilled.