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Antiques Considered - March 20, 2013

This English Regency table was a purchase in England many years ago.  The wood is mahogany and the secondary wood is English oak.  The finish is original, as is the knob.  The owners, a retired couple in the Northern Neck, acquired the table from an antiques shop many years ago.  They do not recall the purchase price, but consider the piece to be one of their finest.

This table dates from the first quarter of the nineteenth century.  Often pieces of this delicacy have sustained various breakages, especially in the thin legs and the galley on the top.  That this one is complete in its originality is a decided plus.  The wood tone is good, and the shape is quite pleasing.  Often the knobs are replacements, but this one reflects the refined taste of the period.

Clearly this piece was made to be a candlestand, and as that purpose passed into history, it has morphed into a useful occasional table, handy for use as an end table in a crowded parlor.  The Hepplewhite influence is apparent throughout, from the square legs to the veneer near the base.  The “X” stretcher is not only decorative, but practical in that it gives rigidity to the legs.

The table is worth $350, and perhaps more in a catalog auction of quality English antiques and furnishings.  The overall quality is outstanding, and the demand for items of this caliber remains high.  This example is one of the best I have seen in the past few years.  The galley with its scalloped rim indicates great sophistication on the part of the cabinetmaker.
The few scratches and dings on the surface do not have an adverse effect on the overall value, and I recommend not addressing them at all.  This is a truly great antique.

Happy Antiquing!

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