Origin: English Period: Regency Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1820-25 Height: 38.25” Width: 52” Depth: 24.75” (all at top)
The handsome two-tier Regency period golden oak and ebonised library table having a four plank top over three frieze drawers on turned ebonised stylised lotus leaf collared supports, the ends with lion mask and ring handles, united by galleried potboard base, to four ebonised lions paw feet with the original concealed castors, the whole surviving in original condition from the first quarter of nineteenth century England.
The condition of the table is good overall with a good golden patina to the oak and expected wear to the ebonised extremities. There are few small sections of abrasion marks and wear to the collars and feet, all making for a good decorative feel. We have given the piece an oil and wax treatment to bring out the patina. The castors are original and the piece moves freely. The ebonised paw feet have some splits which have been repaired. The table appears to have had at some stage, further mounts to the top section under the drawers which are now lacking, with some filled small holes to the supports.
The influences on Regency design and taste were legion; from Sheraton’s neoclassicism, Henry Holland’s Anglo-French taste, the Greek revival of Thomas Hope, and the Chinoiserie favoured by the Prince Regent, to an interest in the Gothic, Old English and rustic. The Regency attitude to interior decoration often involved treating each room as a unit with individual furnishings and wall decorations in harmony of theme or colour scheme.
Designed to be in the centre of a library, the galleried pot shelf would have held books and papers and is fairly unusual. This table could equally work as well as a console table.