The English oak Elizabethan style moulded square-lobed top above a frieze decorated with applied facetted blocks and roundels, on conforming moulded square tapering legs, centred by cabochons, on moulded block feet survives from the early Victorian period.
In very good condition the table retains its mostly original surfaces. The top is of well figured quarter-sawn oak, and has only minor wear consistent with age and use. There are two very small roundels lacking. Age has caused the corners to lift ever so slightly from their joints at the top of the legs, but these are only visible from floor level, and not from above. Overall she has very minor marks, knocks and scratches overall consistent with age, otherwise in very good order and we have given her a light wax ready for use.
The antiquarian-inspired design of this table corresponds closely with a design published by Blackie and Son, The Victorian Cabinet-Maker’s Assistant in 1853. There are not many tables in circulation that followed this style though there are other examples such as a a walnut library table selling in 2004 that was in the manner of Richard Bridgens. There was a sticker present to the rear inside to one of the legs that read ‘M.0402a Jacobean Side Table Mid 19thC BDTT £18,000’.
This proves a very fine and imposing table, being both decoratively pleasing and academically satisfying.