Antique Tables - Item 4104
Louis XIII Side Table with Veneer Top
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||Louis XIII Side Table with Inlaid Veneer Top
|| Circa 1890
small side table or desk (writing table) caught our eye with the luminous color of the solid walnut
torsades, or twisted legs. Photographs do not convey the beauty or the depth of
color and grain that they display. The same color and wood surround the inlaid
top. This is a darker walnut veneer, surrounded by a narrow light colored
veneer trim, probably popular, creating a striking appearance, that resembles
marquetry in the French tradition. It has one wide drawer under the top, with
the original key and lock.
The magnificent torsades that support the top
terminate in small bun feet. The walnut stretchers join the legs at the center
where a finial (toupie) crowns this intersection. These curvaceous stretchers
suggest Louis XIV in style, and on the surface show signs of an earlier insect
infestation (small holes and pathways) that lends an air of age, but has not
affected the structural integrity of the wood.
our estimation that the table was created at the end of the 19th or the
beginning of the 20th century.
Boussel, Patrice, Les Styles du Moyen Age à
Louis XIV (Baschet et Cie, Paris,
Anne-Marie, Le Mobilier Français Louis XIII et Louis XIV (Editions Massin,
Paris, 1996); Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio,
all of our antique furniture, this Louis XIII style blends very well with
other styles of antiques to provide that country
house, chateau or castle ambiance. Owing to its size, it could serve as a table between two beds or as a stand-alone table at bedside now that mattresses are taller and therefore closer to the height of this table.