This is adetailed carved stand or table. The carving has flowers and scrolld and a man's face in the center. He appears to be dressed in old Middle Eastern clothing. The piece measures 19x14 at the top and 23 inches tall. The true base, the triangle measures 8x9 inches. There is a piece of wood affixed to the bottom for some reason that measures 23 inches wide. The carved portion of the wood at the top is octohonal and there is a thin pice of glass that covers the carving. Not sure about the type of wood. There are small screw underneath the top that hold the glass in place. The base unscrews from the coarse piece of wood as one unit. I think it was attached to stabalize the table but is super ugly. I think thi is really a curio. I bought this at an antique store that auctioned off pieces last weekend. I like it.
You always find such fun things!
The base may be later - it doesn't quite "work" visually with the rest of the piece.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
An Aesthetic Movement Inlaid Maple or Walnut Serpentine-Top Stand
In the Orientalist taste, American or English, late 19th Century
The octagonal top with serpentine sides heavily inlaid centering a sultan's portrait surrounded by relief-carved foliate decoration, raised on a single pedestal on a triangular base.
23 inches tall, top 19 by 14 inches
CONDITION: triangular base may be later, with a modern plywood support.
PROVENANCE: acquired at auction
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.
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