Mahogany Inlaid Writing Table

2 ft. 3 ins. wide x 2 ft. 6 ins. high x I ft. bi ins. deep. Book-rack: I ft. 4 ins. high x 7 ins. deep X 2 ft. 2 ins. wide. Date about 1780.


In the possession of J. D. Phillips, Ksq. 2 ft. 9 ins. from floor to top of back. Seat : 22i ins. wide X iS ins. deep. Height from floor to top of seat, 17J ins. Date about 1785.


In the possession of J. D. Phillips, Esq.

I ft. ioi ins. across front of seat.

Oval hack: igi ins. x 16 ins. outside.

Date about 1780.

Fig. 234 is a good example of the style of furniture which was fashionable from 1780-17SS. This table, or bonheur-du-jour —the French names were adopted with the style—is veneered with sycamore, stained a greenish grey, and inlaid with floral marqueterie of rosewood and holly. The French fashion of crossbancling has been adopted foi the banding of the table and the veneering of the legs, and considerable possible to state with certainty whether this was the first manner of Hepplewhite or no ; if so, it is peculiar that for some years mahogany appears to have gone quite out of fashion for furniture, being replaced by gilding, painting, and decoration of flowers and medallions, or by light woods, usually sycamore or chestnut, stained in various ways, generally in a solution of oxide of iron, and commonly known as " hair-wood," " harewood," or " eyre-wood."

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