Mahogany Side Table

6 ft. q ins. long x 3 ft. 3 ins. high • I ft. 7} ins.^Bp.

  1. ii is a mahogany side table, with a fluted frieze and panelled central tablet enriched with an applied laurelled swag. The tapered legs are crested with oval paterie, from which three husks depend. They finish in carved and moulded block feet. Fig. 12 is of similar form, but of more ambitious design. The legs are surmounted by carved rams' heads on the corners, with swags of drapery below. In the centre is an oval frame containing an open book held by a laurelled ribbon. Below this is a pendant swag of knotted drapery. This table is prepared and gilt, and has a mahogany top—an evident substitution for the original marble.
  2. 13 is another gilded table, of smaller size, and more delicate proportion. It has a similar pat erred frieze as in Fig. 7, here of ovals instead of circles. Fig. 14 is a mahogany table of a usual fashion of this period, probably made to stand between a pair of pedestals surmounted by urns, as shown later in Figs. 25 and 26.

Robert Adam used the wall mirror, in conjunction with the pier table, with considerable effect in many of his severely classical interiors, as at Osterley Park, the palatial home, at that date, of Robert Child, the famous banker. In Fig. 15 one of these pier tables surmounted by a tall, framed mirror, is shown. Divorced from its surroundings, the table appears to be overweighted, but in the proper place these pier tables and glasses produced a very handsome effect in combination. This example is painted white, with the ornament picked out with gold.

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