A Good Quality And Very Well Matched Pair Of Late 18th Century Georgian Mahogany Bedside Night Tables, Or Tray Top Commodes, Having Galleried Tops With Pierced Handles Over Sliding Tambour Cupboard Doors And Converted Pull Out Drawers With Replacement Brass Handles Raised On Square Chamfered Legs.
These are a good example of the stereotypical Georgian bedside night table. At some point in their history they have been matched together and into a pair, which is extremely common due to a relentless demand over many years for matching tables either side of a bed in combination to the relative scarcity and therefore extremely high price of any true pairs which can be found on the market.
The differences are relatively minor, with just some ever so slightly different mouldings in places, plus one being half an inch deeper than the other the only differences to speak of. It is indeed quite possible that they were made in the same workshop originally. The tambour door is a very functional feature, meaning less space is required than those which have cupboard doors that open out. They retain a nice rich colour and patina.
The design continues to prove an extremely popular option for bedside tables due to its relative sturdiness, especially when compared to various other bedside options, the storage its able to offer and the tray type tops which make it much less likely items perched on the top will get knocked over.
Depth 16.75in (table 1).
Depth 17.25in (table 2).