Origin: English Period: Aesthetic Movement Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1870-1885 Height: 25.25” Width: 27.75” Depth: 15.75”
The late nineteenth century carved and ebonised table of elegant proportions having two-tiers, the top with canted corners on slender tapered well turned legs on the original ceramic and brass castors, the whole showing typical aesthetic movement refinement.
The table is in good condition both structurally and aesthetically, and there are no flaws as such to report. There is wear to the ebonized finish to the extremities as you would expect but the wear is light, with some marks to the top, and the overall patination is pleasing. All of the components to the castors are original.
The elegant form of this table is rather uncommon and it makes for a nice change. We’ve not seen an aesthetic movement table with two tiers on castors before so it enables this to be very versatile and it can therefore act as a table with a multitude of uses, think a drinks trolley or serving table as well as coffee table.
The aesthetic movement can be seen as the bridge to the arts and crafts style. It often had formalised, restrained ornamentation, and was heavily influenced by Japanese decoration, knowledge of which flowed to the West in the nineteenth century through oriental imports. It rebelled against the lavish ornamentation and over-embellishment of the high Victorian period, and sought a purer, more precise level of expression. Imitating Japanese lacquer, Victorian furniture was sometimes stained to make the wood black like ebony. The Aesthetic Movement at this precise period was part of this style.