This is a beautiful antique Edwardian inlaid mahogany demi lune card table, late 19th C in date.
The card table is of mahogany with a moulded top above a fluted frieze centred with a beautiful Neoclassical inlaid satinwood shell and is raised on square reeded tapering legs with block feet, the extra back leg swings out to stabilise the table when it is open.
The quality and attention to detail throughout is second to none and it can be used as a card, a tea or a console table.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 98 x Depth 48 – closed
Height 73 x Width 98 x Depth 96 – open
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 38.6 x Depth 18.9 – closed
Height 28.7 x Width 38.6 x Depth 37.8 – open
Mahogany is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Our reference: 08571