Mahogany Writing Table

In 'In- possession of iv. C. Clave Lees, Esq. Ws ins. wide 2 ft. 4 ins. hig^^J Date about 1795-1SOO.

with round-headed screws. The pillar and tripod is made from chestnut, a wood frequentlvTused in lieu of satinwood during the last twenty years of the eighteenth century, and frequently mistaken for it. The figured satinwood—the East India-had supplanted the West India in popular favour, and, although imported to some extent, the demand was largely in excess of the supply, with the result that the cost became prohibitive, and cheaper home-grown woods, such as. chestnut and sycamore, were frequently substituted.

The " pouch " or work table was a very fashionable piece at this period, although of probably very little real use, the taste for needlework as an occupation of the titled ladies, which we have already seen was a marked characteristic of the reigns of William III. and Anne, having declined considerably in the latter half of the eighteenth century. A considerable amount of quiet taste and conscientious workmanship was often expended on these " pouch " tables, as in Fig. 313, for example, with its pretty chequered

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