S/461 Goncalo Alves Tunbridge Ware Sewing Table of the Regency Period
The top, inlaid with perspective cube parquetry of various exotic woods within a band of Goncalo Alves and a further miniature parquetry band, has colourful parquetry inlay of vandyke work surrounding it, outlined with boxwood stringing. To each side is a conforming panel of vandyke work parquetry of various exotic woods within a band of miniature parquetry.
The top lifts to reveal a removable fitted tray for ones sewing requisites, which when removed reveals a further compartment under. The sewing bag is lined with conforming pink silk and is locked by a brass and steel locking pin.
The whole, fitted with a lock and key, is raised on a well turned stem supported by a vandyke work parquetry platform raised on four swept legs terminating with lion paw castors, which were traditionally used in the Regency period.
Vandyke work is the inlay of elongated triangular shapes in contrasting dark and light woods, and perspective cube inlay comprises of an arrangement of diamonds and triangular-shaped pieces to give the illusion of perspective cubes. Both were often used post 1800 in Tunbridge Ware.
Goncalo Alves is a hardwood, which is sometimes referred to as Zebrawood or Tigerwood. The trees grow in neotropical forests, in particular Brazil, which is a major exporter of this wood.
15¼ in. (38.5 cm.) Wide
13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) Deep
31¼ in. (79.5 cm.) High
English Circa 1815