Although there were many different styles of sofa table made during the Victorian era, the one that stands out by far from all the rest is the classical model. There are certain classical elements incorporated into this table that produce something fine. It is the usual size of around 2 feet wide and around 2 and a half feet high with flaps at either end that would extend the table to around 5 feet in length. When fully extended, this accentuates the elegant rectilinear styling so typical of the Neoclassical period towards the end of the 18th century. The lyre ends again bring in those essentially classical features when set on splayed legs with brass feet at the ends. Fine stringing and cross-banding on borders retain the unrestrained look and allow for the machined mahogany veneers to be shown off to best effect. The table usually has two drawers, the finer examples opening on different sides giving it uniformity. As a working table, it was designed to be placed alongside a sofa or settee as the name suggests and castors allowed it to be moved around the room easily.
When looking for good examples of this antique table, there are certain points to be aware of. Generally, the grain should go across the table; drawers tend to open on opposite sides; cheval supports can sometimes be taken from mirrors of the period, and check that the undercarriage generally is not borrowed from somewhere else.
Whether looking to buy Victorian Neoclassical sofa tables, dining tables or antique dining chairs , Cumbria antique dealers will be able to find you the pieces you want.
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