Antique Oriental Victorian Ebony Black Lacquered Glass Top Inlaid Opium / Coffee Table (Circa 1840)


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Object Description

This is a fine antique Victorian Oriental ebony inlaid opium / coffee table, incorporating a glass top, with delightful small proportions, circa 1840, in good condition.

• Item: Opium table
• Period: Early Victorian / Late Regency
• Circa: 1840
• Provenance: Far East
• Wood: Ebony
• Glass top
• Profuse inlay depicting traditional scene
• Coral, agate, bone, mother-of-pearl, papier maché & paint detail
• Red trim
• Moulded frieze
• Painted stylised rooster & patterned detailing to frieze
• Cabriole legs
• Painted stylised dragon to legs
• Highly decorative
• Lovely colour & patination
• Good condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy

This is a fine antique Victorian Oriental ebony inlaid opium / coffee table, incorporating a glass top, with delightful small proportions, circa 1840, in good original condition. The table boasts a glass top, covering a beautiful profusely inlaid surface, depicting a traditional scene of three women and two children at the shore of a lake. The scene also includes a red fence, a tree and other flowers & plants, as well as rocks, with mountains and a building across the lake in the distance, and a pair of grebes swimming in the lake. Different materials have been used for different colours of inlay: coral has been used for pink & red hues; bone for cream and off-white detail; agate has been used for green & grey tones; mother-of-pearl has also been used in places, and papier maché forms the trunk of the tree to the left of the scene. Further detailing has been achieved with green, blue, red & gold paint. The outer edge of the top displays thin red painted trim, above a moulded frieze, which boasts further painted detailing, including gold patterned detail, as well as stylised roosters and further thin red trim. The table is raised on block cabriole legs, which depict painted, highly stylised dragons. This table boasts exquisite detail and range of colours & tones. The table is well made, solid in joint and ready to use.

The table boasts a black ebony colour. It has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This table would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially in the living room as a coffee table. The table would certainly grace any home or office and is a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

Table Height = 31.2cm or 12¼” or 1ft ¼”
Width = 86cm or 33⅞” or 2ft 9⅞”
Depth = 56.3cm or 22⅛” or 1ft 10⅛”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

Ref. 41045

Object Condition

The table is in good condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, but nothing significant, considering its age. The glass top has been replaced; therefore, it is clean and free from scratches. The detailed inlay to the top is original, with no missing pieces. The item has been cleaned in our workshops to revive the lovely original colour and patination. There are no breaks to the legs or frame of the table. The table is solid in joint and ready to use.

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Organsdale Farm
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