A mahogany, sycamore, and silk-inlaid centre table, 19th century


This simple yet elegant mahogany and sycamore table, combining English and French workmanship, stands out for its superb silk inlaid decoration.


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Of a simple yet refined rectangular form, this centre table, made from a pleasing combination of mahogany and sycamore wood, is inset with a silk marquetry panel on the upper surface. The table itself is most likely English, while the corresponding silk surface is French. It bears the monogram 'PDP' in the central circular area, which is in all likelihood the initials of the individual for which it was made. The words 'AMITIE', and 'FERMETE', 'friendship' and 'steadfastness' in French, in small boxes below a wreath, are inscribed on each of the two longer sides.

In the corners of the silk surface there are also four small depictions of urns, each of which imitate a different Classical shape. These are then placed within a series of larger intricate rectangular patterns which border the central space. These motifs combine floral and classicizing bands of repeating geometric shapes, the colours used for these and the urns consist of a subtle yet colourful palette of gentle blues, orange, green, and an off-white cream that complements the rich colour of the mahogany. The table top itself is set upon square tapering legs.


Country of Origin
English, French
Date of Manufacture
Early 19th Century
Neoclassical, Victorian
Mahogany, Silk, Sycamore
Brown, Cream, Multi-coloured, White


73 cm / 28.7 inches
84 cm / 33.1 inches
62.5 cm / 24.4 inches


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