17th century hand carved mahogany library table

Apr 11, 2021. 21:30 UTC
17th Century Hand Carved Mahogany Library Table
Matthew
United States of America

Category
Antique tables

Acquired from
Other

For sale
No
Description

Up for consideration is an extremely rare we believe 17th century mahogany library table or writing table. The table is in a trestle style with an exposed mortise and tenon joinery on the heavily hand carved leg stretcher. The top of the table has a rectangular form with carved gadrooning edges. The legs feature amazing claw feet with striking details and carved crest. There is an extremely old repair to the table top. The repair was accomplished with two inlayed butterflies and reinforced oak blocks with flat head screws. We anticipate that the repair was in the early 1900’s. Overall this piece is beautifully crafted with old repairs and lovely worn patina commensurate age and use. DIMENSIONS: 60” wide 29” wide 31” high

Provenance

It was purchased at auction 40 years ago.

Answered within about 23 hours
Apr 12, 20:59 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$2,000 - $3,000 USD

Insurance Value

$5,000 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Jacobean style / Renaissance revival carved walnut or mahogany trestle-base table
English, second half 19th Century
The rectangular top with gadrooned edge raised on shaped trestle supports with armorial relief carvings, joined by a bar stretcher. One leg impressed with a circular mark.
31 inches high, 60 inches wide, 29 inches deep
CONDITION: top pieced along one side; other wear and repairs appear commensurate with age and use
PROVENANCE: acquired at auction
$2,000-3,000*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Matthew gart Apr 12, 21:32 UTC

So in your opinion this piece dates early 1600’s and is not a revival? Any particular thoughts on Walnut vs Mahogany?

Matthew gart Apr 12, 23:09 UTC

I added what I think is a makers mark.

Delia Apr 13, 10:18 UTC

That's a maker's mark, which were not used in the 17th Century and confirms that this is a later Revival piece (the wear on the base looked 'right' as to an earlier age but that can be faked). As to walnut vs mahogany, it's often times very difficult to tell from the grain; in the 17th Century walnut or oak would have been the usual woods but in the 19th century both were widely used.
Given the later date, I've lowered the value a little but it's still quite a handsome piece.

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