An Important Late Regency Mahogany Side Table, after a design by George Smith, the raised back board with a central panel with carved moulding and acanthus scrolled brackets, above the very well figured mahogany top of inverted breakfront form; incorporating three frieze drawers in well figured veneers and mahogany drawer linings, raised on monumental monopodia supports, each of tapered columnar form with lotus leaf carving, crowned by an acanthus carving and an ionic capital, the paw foot articulated with rounded knuckles and exposed claws, the twin paneled rear supports flanked by flat pilasters, on moulded plinths.
The whole retaining a lovely colour and patina with exceptionally well figured veneers.
English circa 1820
Dimensions (ins) height 48 x width 88 x depth 28
Provenance: The Calhoun Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina
Note: In 1807 Thomas Hope published his illustrated folio entitled Household Furniture and Interior Decorations, with designs strictly adhering to original antique forms minimally altered for "modern" use. The following year George Smith, Hope's disciple, began his series of publications, A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, in the most Approved and Elegant Taste which was well-received and continued through the late 1820's. Monopodia supports of all variations can be seen in the designs by these two men. The shapes are almost always architectural, sturdy and massive, if not monumental. Reference: For more information see Jourdain. Regency Furniture.
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