This majestic library table was hand-carved in Italy during the late 1600’s. Three planks of rich walnut wood comprise the top that has been carved with a thin recessed molding along all four sides. A slight bend to the three hundred plus year old wood gives the table added character.
Beneath the 89 ½ inch long top is an inset frieze with two drawers on each of the long sides. Each drawer has two thickly molded rectangular panels with round wooden pulls. There is a shaped iron escutcheon for a non-functional lock between the rectangular panels of each drawer. The base of the frieze has been carved with a quarter round molding, with a pair of open lyre legs below that provide a sturdy base. A thick beam stretcher attaches to each of the fretted legs via a dovetail lap joint, further strengthening the base.
At almost 89 1/2 inches long and over 45 inches wide, our late 17th century Italian walnut library table will make a grand statement piece. Designed to be displayed as a free-standing table, it would be a fantastic addition to any office or library. The wood retains a rich patina, while the design of the table itself is an interesting mix of Spanish influenced lyre legs and rectilinear moldings characteristic of Northern Italian furniture.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor rubs, marks, and losses. Old repairs are visible. Some modern reinforcement to underside of top. The key does not activate the drawer locks, as they are non-functioning. The top has a slight bend, which is normal for wood of this age.