A Fine George II Period Carved Mahogany Side Table with Breccia Marble Top

A Fine George II Period Carved Mahogany Side Table with Breccia Marble Top
Height: 30 ¾” 78 cm
Width: 66” 168 cm
Depth: 33” 84 cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1750

The rectangular Breccia di Medici marble top over a frieze with carved ogee mouldings of leaves over a blind running fret of Greek Key with an astragal moulding carved with ribbons and rosettes. The cabriole legs boldly carved with acanthus and ‘C’ scrolls and cabochons terminating in large hairy paw feet.

This is a magnificent table with great presence.  It has a strength derived in part from the dynamically carved and shaped cabriole legs. Each with their impressive lion paw feet that are so firmly planted on the ground. But, also the three-dimensional nature of the carved acanthus leaves, rocaille and ‘C’ scroll motifs to the knees.

The legs are united by a carved frieze decorated with a Greek Key motif that adds an architectural element to the table. This reinforces the strength of the table and almost certainly would have been selected to integrate the table with the room it was made for, which likewise would have been adorned with the same motif.

Such is the quality of the timber used that not only is the carving as crisp and deep today as it was when it was made but it has allowed for a slow change in colour to the golden hues we see today and a build-up of patina, so giving the table a most wonderful depth of colour and richness.

 

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