Exceptional British Colonial Specimen Wood Side Table
PRESENTING A GORGEOUS AND IMPORTANT specimen wood side table from circa 1830, the reign of William IV !!
Rosewood top inlaid with various exotic and rare specimen woods in geometric shapes and fan patterns.
The top has a beveled edge with arches, leading to downward pointing finials on each corner.
It has a single stem support column or pillar leading to a simple solid base with turned paw feet.
It is the design of the central support and the base with paw feet that tell us it is a William IV Era piece.
A REALLY QUALITY and EXCEPTIONALLY RARE item !!
We believe that this piece is probably British…..but could have been made in the the West Indies (Caribbean) for export to the UK. It is totally different from the normal pieces of specimen wood furniture (which we also love)……thus making this piece so unique and puzzling at the same time !!! We definitely feel that it is Colonial in its origin !! Some of the parquetry inlaid woods appear to have pyro-work … the use of a hot needle to make spots like leopard spots !
One of a kind…..probably made on commission.
We have NEVER seen another table quite like this,
it is truly UNIQUE !!!
The exotic woods used in the diamond and fan designed table top are extremely rare woods and mainly of colonial origin…..hence our opinion that this was made in a Colonial part of the British Empire for export and return to Britain………………it would have graced a VERY FINE COUNTRY HOUSE !!!!
William IV (William Henry; 21 August 1765 – 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. The third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain’s House of Hanover.
William served in the Royal Navy in his youth and was, both during his reign and afterwards, nicknamed the “Sailor King”. He served in North America and the Caribbean. In 1789, he was created Duke of Clarence and St Andrews. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne when he was 64 years old. His reign saw several reforms: the poor law was updated, child labour restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the British Empire, and the British electoral system refashioned by the Reform Act 1832. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. Through his brother, the Viceroy of Hanover, he granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution.
At the time of his death William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.
Exceptional British Colonial Specimen Wood Side Table.
Provenance: Bought from a reputable dealer in Ireland.
Dimensions: 29″ tall, 24″ wide and 16″ deep
Condition: Good original condition. Some blemishes and very minor repairs of veneer on the sides, as one would expect with a piece this age.