Antique Sewing Tables
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Early 19th Century Chinese Export Sewing Table / Work Table
A very fine quality Chinese export lacquer work table. The lid lifts to reveal compartments for needlework tools and storage. The detail of the lacquer work is quite incredible and the whole table is profusely covered, even the inside of the legs and the stretcher. The top is worn, but the exceptional quality and condition of the decoration to the rest of the piece more than makes up for this. This work table comes apart by the use of thumb screws underneath, so it was designed for travelling and perhaps even a campaign piece. The proportions, end support and the shape of the top would indicate an early date of manufacture as well as giving this table very pleasing lines with thin sections and a narrow frieze. There are some repairs to the legs which are a bit wobbly but can be repaired. Please let us know if you need more photos and contact us to discuss your restoration requirements of course.
English circa 1820 £1850
71cm / 28' high
64cm / 25" wide
41cm / 16¼" deep
Regency antique work table
Regency antique work table. This table is made of goncalo alves timber which was almost exclusively used by Gillow at this period. The construction is absolutely second to none, with precisely hand cut dove tails, thin mahogany drawer linings and all the moving parts function extremely smoothly. The two side sections which swing open are held shut with secret buttons (we cant tell you where or we'd have to kill you). The centre section has a drawer and lower fabric holder, the basket of which is missing, possible intentionally as the piece is more elegant without it. The sampler basket was fabric and can be replaced if required.
Attributed to Gillow circa 1820 £2,800
Antique sewing table
Antique work box / sewing table made of a choice cut of oak with crossbanding made of top quality rosewood. This is a very rare combination of timbers and especially for this period. Bear in mind that this is not vernacular piece and neither was it made in a Victorian factory. This is a precision made Regency piece of furniture with hand cut dovetails typical of the pre Victorian period. This table has two drawers as well as the bottom deep sampler drawer. The top drawer has a sliding and lift out tray with dividers for different threads or implements. The sampler drawer has a very clever locking mechanism which prevents it from opening if the middle drawer is not open. The reverse of this table is finished with oak and crossbanding to make it totally freestanding.
English circa 1820 £2,250