THIS week we valued a Regency rosewood and parcel-gilt console table, dated circa 1825.
The console table features a mottled grey marble top above a moulded frieze inlaid with brass paterae and foliate sprays on two dolphin-carved supports, with a mirror back and in-stepped oblong plinth.
In the decorative arts, the term Regency usually refers to a more extended time frame than the decade of the formal Regency, the period between 1795 and 1837.
The era was a time of excess for the aristocracy, for example, it was during this time the Prince Regent built the Brighton Pavilion.
However, it was also an era of uncertainty caused by several factors including the Napoleonic wars, periodic riots, and the concern the British people might imitate the upheavals of the French Revolution.
Rosewood refers to any of a number of richly-hued timbers, often brownish with darker veining. All rosewoods are strong and heavy, and were widely used in furniture-making during the 18th and 19th centuries.
In general currently, supplies are poor through overexploitation.
The console table we valued is a smart early 19th-century design based on contemporary French Empire models, but with the distinctive English use of brass inlays of the period, and the ubiquitous dolphins, no doubt suitably topical for this age of British naval victories.
Our specialist valued the console table at £4,000-£6,000.