An Elegant Early 19thC Irish Mahogany Serving Table c.1820-30

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Origin: Irish, Probably Cork
Period: Early 19thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1820-30
Height: 34.5”
Width: 67”
Depth: 19.5”

Of fine and unusually shallow proportions the well patinated semi-elliptical top with reeded edging on five ring turned tapering legs, with a lovely rich colour to the whole, survives from the first quarter of nineteenth century Ireland, and, most likely, Cork.

The overall patination and colour to the mahogany is very appealing and the turnings are softly worn, commensurate with its age and use. There are some historic gauge marks to the top as per the photographs.

This piece displays a high level of craftsmanship and instinct of proportion. Predominately in walnut or mahogany Irish antique furniture is often characterised by its sometimes primitive and shallow, almost flat carving. Its woods are darkly polished like this one. Said of Cork at the time: “ The Irish nobility and gentry engaged in a substantial quantity of building in both town and country. Even if sparely furnished, these new houses supported an extensive luxury trade in Dublin and the provincial towns such as Cork and Limerick”. The ring turnings to the legs of this table are typical of the region.

Of slender and unusual form this is more elegant console table than lumbering serving table. Effortlessly handsome.

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