This style of neoclassical furniture was created by London designer and cabinetmaker, George Hepplewhite. Hepplewhite was regarded as one of the “big three” English furniture makers in the 18th century. While little is known about his life, his work has spoken volumes as he was an incredibly influential furniture maker during his time. One of the hallmarks of his style was his subtle, yet striking use of intricate inlays.
This pair of delicate and dainty side tables are veneered and inlaid with a combination of European woods of sycamore, tulipwood, and birch. Sycamore is a high-quality wood that is visually appealing. It has a lustrous and silky look with a subtle sheen and smoothness that makes it an attractive choice for wood carving. The tulipwood has a finer texture and is resistant to insect attack. Birch, at the time, was a plentiful local choice.
The top surface of these tables has a sweet inlay design of an oval fan. The geometry and symmetry of this motif became a favorite decoration for furniture pieces of this style. A raised border encircles the top and has a lovely striped pattern that matches the straight and tapered legs. The apron has a complimentary half-fan motif as well as a braid-like border. An x-stretcher connects the four legs, curving upwards, in the middle, coming together towards a decorative urn finial, on top. Everything about these tables has been meticulously crafted. The ornate detailing and use of exotic woods have made these exquisite tables treasured works of art.
Each H= 26 in. W= 18 in. D= 12.5 in. 5 lbs., 10 lbs. total