704 Hanley Industrial Ct. St. Louis, MO 63144 , United States Call Seller 314.644.7066


Regency Calamander and Rosewood Sofa Table, c. 1810-20

$ 12,500
  • Description
    Regency calamander and rosewood sofa table, the rectangular top with two drop leaves having canted corners and satinwood banding over two concealed frieze drawers with geometric inlay. The well turned supports rest on a rosewood plinth raised on four sabre legs, each with satinwood banding and boxwood stringing; all on brass paw casters. Ex. Malcom Franklin, Chicago, 1974.

    59" long, open
    37" long, closed
    24" deep
    28.5" high

    Calamander, also called Coromandel, characterized by dark and light stripes, was popular during the Regency period. An expensive wood, it was shipped from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and the Coromandel coast in southwest India in small logs about 3 feet long and 3 to 6 inches in diameter. [1] (By comparison, mahogany logs could reach over 50 feet long and 6 feet in diameter.[2]) Thus, the top consists of 21 separate sheets of veneer.

    The frieze drawers, with mahogany secondary wood, exhibit book-matched veneers, while the back, without drawers, is veneered in a continuous long sheet. The elongated stringing, which ends in an unusual 'arrow and ball' motif, emphasizes the table's horizontality.

    The rosewood plinth supports the turned balusters. It is raised on sabre legs with satinwood banding and disc motifs that reference the drawers.

    [1] See Adam Bowett, "Woods in British Furniture-Making 1400-1900 An Illustrated Historical Dictionary" (Wetherby: Oblong, 2012), 48-50.

    [2] Ibid, 119.
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Wood
    Condition: Good. Lovely color and patina. Minor age cracks to the plinth.
    Creation Date: 1810-20
    Styles / Movements: Regency, Traditional
    Book References: For a similar table by George Oakley, see Margert Jourdain "Regency Furniture, 1795-1830" (Country Life Limited 1965), fig 134, p.66.
    Dealer Reference #: 2023747
    Incollect Reference #: 678626
  • Dimensions
    H. 28.5 in; D. 24 in;
    H. 72.39 cm; D. 60.96 cm;
    Open W. 59 in; Closed W. 37 in;
    Open W. 149.86 cm; Closed W. 93.98 cm;
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