This fine Regency period tilt-top brass inlaid mahogany and calamander library centre table is raised on a concave sided, triform base with well modelled cast brass scrolling feet. Also referred to as a monopodium table.
All in excellent condition, well figured, of good rich colour, and very typical of designs by Thomas Hope (1769-1831).
This form of antique table is also associated with work by George Bullock (1777-1818) and George Oakley (c.1765-1841).
A similar table with a leather insert, in the manner of Thomas Hope, ca 1800-1805, was sold in London for £39,650, December 2010.
Thos Hope (banker, born 1769)
This early 19th century table is reminiscent of the ‘Grecian’ style that the pioneering collector and designer Thomas Hope (1769-1831) popularized in Britain with the publication of ‘Household Furniture and Interior Decoration’ in 1807.
The furniture manufacturer George Oakley* (c.1765-1841) was greatly influenced by Hope’s designs and produced fashionable furniture also in this style, using brass & star inlays similar to our table on offer. The firm’s designs and craftsmanship earned them royal patronage, and Oakley worked for the Prince Regent at Carlton House, as well as supplying furniture and upholstery for The Mansion House and The Bank of England. His work for the Cheere family of Papworth Hall, Cambs. UK, is well documented.
*The reference to Geo. Oakley relates to a known table of this pattern in calamander wood and brass marquetry of starred ribbon guilloche, which corresponds to the brass marquetry in a table supplied by Oakley in 1810 to Papworth Hall.
Parker, R, History of Papworth Everard 198
Gilbert, C. and Beard, G., Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pp.658-660.
Calamander or coromandel is a valuable wood from Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. It is a hazel-brown colour, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard.