An extremely rare early 19th century satinwood boulle inlaid and faux bamboo library table, having a rectangular top with fine satinwood veneer bordered by panels of 18th century boulle work with lobed corners, the edge inlaid with guilloche brass band above three drawers to the front and reverse, inlaid with 18th century boulle work with satinwood border and the original brass knob handles; on tapering cluster column faux bamboo legs joined by a curved faux bamboo stretcher and terminating in paw feet with concealed brass castors.
Note: The boulle work is of earlier date and was re-used when this table was manufactured. This early version of ‘recycling’ was practised by many leading furniture-makers: for example, Mayhew and Ince re-used 17th century floor inlay for a commode commission at Burghley.
Private collection, Ireland.
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