Antique Half Moon Card Console Table C.1870
Antique Half Moon Card Console Table C.1870
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This is a beautiful antique Victorian hand painted mahogany half moon card table, Circa 1870 in date and in superb George III style..
The card table has beautiful Neoclassical hand painted decoration in the manner of Angelica Kauffman, the top with a musical putto, floral swags and laurel bands, the frieze painted with further swags and raised on square tapering legs painted with classical portrait profiles and husk trails, terminating in spade feet.
The top opens on double gate legs to reveal a green baize lined playing surface. The quality and attention to detail throughout is second to none.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 73 x Width 92 x Depth 45 - closed
Height 73 x Width 92 x Depth 90 - open
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches - closed
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 feet, 11 inches - ope
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is probably one of the largest 'families' of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like 'Flame' Mahogany and 'Fiddleback' Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Width: 92.0 cm
Height: 73.0 cm
Depth: 45.0 cm
Wear Condition: Excellent
Date of Manufacture: Unknown
Place of Origin:
Period: 19th Century
Listed by: Tino_8f8a
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