sofa - tables
sofa table. A long, rather narrow table with drawers and a flap at each end supported by fly rails. Sofa tables are mostly supported by two pedestals which may be turned, of lyre shape or square section standing on splay feet. Originally the tables were placed in front of the sofa for reading or writing. Modern practice is often to place them behind a sofa or to use them as occasional tables elsewhere in a room. Nineteenth century sofa tables sometimes omitted the flaps.
settees and sofas. An upholstered couch, based on the 18th century French canape, often with a high back and shaped front, usually standing upon cabriole, turned or sabre legs. Distinguished, perhaps, from the full stuffed over couch, the sofa usually had a band of polished show wood around the seat, back and arm frames. During the Regency, many sofas were made based on the principles of the Classical Revival. Such sofas are noted for their deeply scrolled arms and curved sabre legs, usually reeded. Their influence can be traced through the many colonial day beds and miner's couches, however humble by comparison, made during the later part of the 19th century.
, amboyna banded and marquetry sofa table, the rectangular top crossbanded with kingwood and tulipwood above two frieze drawers on end supports and downswept legs. Width 100 cm. Depth 63 cm . Height 80 cm
A Regency rosewood and
satinwood banded sofa table, the rectangular drop end top above a pair of frieze drawers above flared rectangular end supports inlaid with triglyphs on hipped downswept legs, lion paw caps and castors. Width 149 cm x. Depth 61 cm x.
A Regency mahogany sofa table
, the rectangular drop end top above a frieze drawer on turned end supports and downswept legs, brass caps and castors. Width 150 cm. Depth 71 cm . Height 73 cm
An important early Australian
cedar sofa table, the rectangular top with matching cedar panels and a thumb moulded edge with drop leaf flaps above a pair of drawers with line inlaid decoration and conforming dummy drawers to the back, above a tapering squa
An early 19th century
Australian cedar pembroke table, the rectangular top with drop leaves and thumb moulded edge above a single drawer, on conforming lyre end supports with an arched stretcher, raised on out swept legs with brass castors, reduced in size
A most important and very rare
first period cedar and New South Wales rose mahogany (dysoxylon fraserianum) sofa table Australian, Sydney, veneered to the top with rose mahogany on cedar and to the drawer fronts and in the solid to the splayed Regency legs