11481 – A LARGE FRUITWOOD SIX-LEG LIBRARY OR MAP TABLE FITTED WITH TWO BANKS OF NARROW DRAWERS

11481 A LARGE FRUITWOOD SIX-LEG LIBRARY OR MAP TABLE FITTED WITH TWO BANKS OF NARROW DRAWERS AND SUNKEN QUATREFOIL DETAILING TO SIDES AND BACK RAISED UPON AN UNUSUAL TURNED LEG STAND English or Welsh. Second Half of the Eighteenth Century. Measurements: Height: 33 1/2″ (85 cm) Width: 60″ (152.4 cm) Depth: 30 1/2″ (77.5 cm).



Research
Of fruitwood. The rectangular top with D-molded edge rests upon a corpus containing two banks of four narrow drawers to the front fitted with old but later trapezoidal paired drop brass handles. The three further faces each with central sunken stylized quatrefoil motifs, one to each side and paired at the back. The whole rests upon six double baluster turned legs which, in turn, are supported by an original shallow plain platform with a bun foot below each leg. Old witness marks of previous handles to drawer fronts. Minor old repairs. Possible repairs to rise of plinth.

Provenance:
Southern U.S. Collection

This unusual table raised on a stand formed of six turned baluster legs resting on a plinth is an example of sophisticated library or estate furniture that was made in a provincial center. The clue to its origin may exist in elements of design found in dressers of the period. In Britain the term applies to a particular type of sideboard found in dining parlors whose lower half contained drawers raised on a similar understructure for the storage of cutlery, etc. while the tall shelved superstructure was created as a vehicle to show off the fine ceramics used for dining. Wales is the region most typically credited with the type of baluster leg and platform design and a fine example is found in the National Museum, Wales.


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