In the Regency period one of the uses of painting in furniture was to imitate more exotic and expensive wood grains buy painting and applying them to more accessible woods such as pine. Faux bois (from the French for false wood) refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. The craft has roots in the Renaissance with trompe-l’œil. It was probably first crafted with concrete using an iron armature by garden craftsmen in France called “rocailleurs” using common iron materials: rods, barrel bands, and chicken wire. The family that owned this piece of furniture originally would have acquired it with the idea of it making them appear wealthier. Ironic now that currently you could argue that this type of surface is more prized commercially than, for instance, a mahogany table of this period.
A very attractive and versatile table with originality in spades.