Pair of 19C French Country Walnut Side Tables

PRESENTING A VERY NICE Pair of 19C French Country Walnut Side Tables.

Made in the mid 19th Century, circa 1850-60 of solid walnut.

The first table (on the left) is larger with a pull out drawer on the base.

Each table has a top galleried shelf and a second shelf underneath and each stands on 4 cabriolet legs. The side of each table has a heart shaped aperture and the front base frieze has a carved and curved front.

They could easily be used as side tables or nightstands also.

Very rustic finishes. Have probably been re-finished to give them the mottled rustic effect.

They have all the signs of genuine age.

French furniture comprises both the most sophisticated furniture made in Paris for king and court, aristocrats and rich upper bourgeoisie, on the one hand, and French provincial furniture made in the provincial cities and towns many of which, like Lyon and Liège, retained cultural identities distinct from the metropolis. There was also a conservative artisanal rural tradition of French country furniture which remained unbroken until the advent of the railroads in the mid-nineteenth century.

Furniture made in provincial centers such as Blois and Orléans in the Loire valley, and at Lyon or Liège (Not part of France politically but within its cultural orbit), followed at some distance the design innovations that were initiated in the luxury trades of Paris, often with a time lag that could amount to decades.

Features typically associated with French Provincial furniture include cabriole legs, and simple scalloped carving. Dining chairs often have a wheat pattern carving reflecting the country surroundings of the maker. The ladder back chair with a woven rush seat is the typical French Provincial dining chair. Finishes vary though common to all colours is the accumulation of polish or grime in the carving over time resulting in an aged patina and emphasis on the carving regardless of whether the furniture is painted or stained.


Pair of 19C French Country Walnut Side Tables.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Have been refinished (see above).

Dimensions: Larger Table: 28.5″ Tall, 17.5″ Wide and 11.25″ Deep

Smaller Table: 28.5″ Tall, 15.2″ Wide and 10.2″ Deep

PRICE: $1,200 (Pair)

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