Tables from the Regence period, such as this oak side table, were smaller than offerings from the preceding periods, giving an added emphasis on portability. The table was hand-carved in France, circa 1880, and features Regence style motifs inspired by nature.
A recessed quarter round edge graces the rectangular top, slightly overhanging the intricately carved apron below. Most Regence tables had serpentine aprons and this table is no exception, with sinuous edges on all four sides. Each side has been carved in a similar fashion, with a scalloped shell embellished with roundels and a parted leaf in the middle. The medallion is surrounded by a cartouche of attenuated leaves and flowing margents. Four long cabriole legs with a foliate margent near the top bend add additional grace to the shapely table. Each foot is square and decorated with a small leaf carving.
Our Regence style oak side table has a deep, rich brown finish that has been accentuated with several coats of wax. Because the table has been delicately carved on all four sides, the table could also float, making for a beautiful center table in an entryway. There is also a small drawer with a round pull on the front side, giving the table a small storage compartment.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and age separations. Light buildup to carvings, commensurate to age and use. Trace of small repair to a side of the drawer.