Originally, ladies small work tables, usually with a detachable or lift-up lid, containing a bag or basket of silk, in which sewing and other needlework could be stored. There was generally a tray beneath the lid containing compartments for cotton, thread, needles and so on, and beneath that a well, with a lined interior and the exterior in either timber or fabric. There are also combination sewing tables that may include a chequer-board top, or a hinged top that opens for games. These tables may have a drawer under the top, with the compartments for sewing equipment, and the well sliding out from under the drawer frame.
A Chinese red lacquered sewing table, Canton, second quarter 19th century, the octagonal work box painted with figures and pagodas in a landscape within a border of dragons, the interior fitted with compartments and bone and ivory implements, above a later
A French wrought iron and marble console table, circa 1900, the rectangular console with a vigorously flecked maroon and cream marble top above mirrored scroll work and heart shapes to the face and sides, height 112 cm, width 91 cm, depth 27 cm
English Regency period Tunbridge ware sewing table, inlaid with parquetry of various exotic woods, the top opening to a fitted interior, the lock plate stamped Carman, 114 Newgate Street, raised on a turned stem supported by a platform raised on four swept
Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) outstanding nine piece French palisander dining room suite. Stamped: Louis Majorelle. Comprising of a three leaf extension table, six matching dining chairs, a three door raised back sideboard, and a small dessert. 126 cm high,
An ebonised occasional table, Victorian with gilded metal mounts, the top with inlaid boulle work which opens to reveal an interior with lift out frame for 3 miniatures. Height 78 cm, width 43 cm depth 31 cm
A late 19th century oak plank top French refectory style work table, clenched ends, a pull-out slide to each end, chamfered square section legs, cross stretched base. Pegged construction. 150.5 cm x 75.5 cm x 75 cm
Victorian inlaid pedestal work table with drawer to one end and false drawer front to the other, on turned pedestal and trefoil platform base, the British Antique Dealer's Association seal remnant to drawer front, 53 cm x 40.5 cm, 72 cm high approx
Victorian walnut and marquetry sewing table, the octagonal top inlaid with flowers, raised on pedestal base with three down-swept legs, with fitted interior, together with a side table, the oval top painted with garlands and flowers (2). Height 74 cm. Widt
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