REGENCY MAHOGANY BRASS-MOUNTED FLIP-TOP CARD TABLE
England, circa 1815-25
Item # 801IMB27
Characterized by angularity and tight lines, this card table is designed for beauty and functionality with a flip top that allows for a large game playing surface, rotates to provide access to a storage compartment in the apron and folds away as a console table.
Solid planks of beautifully grained dense mahogany make up the top, the canted corners conforming to the profile of the frame with integral reeding along the outer edges. These rotate over original hinges and spin 90-degrees on a steel pivot anchored through the underside of the frame.
The apron is highly figured with mahogany crotch veneers and is mounted with brass shell mounts on the corners, these also employed for symmetry in the top of each front leg. Strength is lent to the overall form with the somewhat excessive use of four robust columns, each terminating over a sabre leg and situated over original brass sabots. These feature a tapered profile with bold reeding in the column and along the curved foot, also followed through in the ring-and-barrel turned stretcher.
A remarkable table and very powerful presentation.
Literature & Further Reading:
- For a related example, see Christies, New York, 22 May 2002, Sale 1097, lot 1
Measurements: 30" H x 37 1/4" W x 18 7/8" D [closed]; 29 1/8" H x 37 5/8" W x 37 3/8" D [opened]
Finish cleaned and polished, some texture flaws deep in the finish if you look carefully at the top where a blanket impressed - we had this professionally restored as much as possible without removing the original shellac finish; original brass shells on front corners, mounts missing from back corners; original castors; repair to breakout of hinge on rear-right corner of the top.