This is a superb near pair of antique George III mahogany and satinwood demi-lune side tables, circa 1820 in date.
Each is of flame mahogany with beautiful Neoclassical satinwood inlaid marquetry decoration of fans and shells with satinwood crossbanding and boxwood and ebonised line inlay.
They are raised on square tapering legs that terminate in spade feet.
The quality and attention to detail throughout is second to none.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 126 x Depth 48
Height 75 x Width 121 x Depth 56
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 49.6 x Depth 18.9
Height 29.5 x Width 47.6 x Depth 22.0
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Thomas Sheraton – 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as “best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed.” Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called “flame mahogany.”
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
Our reference: A1471