This is a very attractive antique English Regency rosewood and brass inlaid card table, circa 1825 in date.
This rectangular card table is made from beautiful rosewood, the folding top enclosing a green baize lined playing surface. It has fabulous intricate cut brass decoration and the the attention to detail on this piece is second to none!
It stands on an elegant reeded central column that is raised on four superb carved legs which terminate in their original brass lion’s paw castors.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and as such, this card table is sure to take pride of place in your lounge or reception.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 74 x Width 89 x Depth 44
Height 74 x Width 89 x Depth 88 – Open
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.1 x Width 35.0 x Depth 17.3
Height 29.1 x Width 35.0 x Depth 34.6 – Open
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.
The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.
During the Regency period it was fashionable to copy the classical furniture of the Roman and Greek times. Furniture had stopped evolving in design and had moved back to classical forms. The pioneer designers who represented this period were:
Thomas Hope (1770-1831), George Smith (1804-28), Henry Holland (1745 – 1806)
George IV had a major influence over the furniture makers of the time.
This period saw the introduction of brass to wood from the previous marquetry that had been originally used. The sofa table was also introduced.
The main features of the Regency period furniture were their simplicity, with straight, unbroken surfaces and lines.
Our reference: R0052