Relevant categories: Tables
(Above photo - Quartetto Tables )
Quartetto tables were designed by Thomas Sheraton, who went ahead to publish the designs in The Cabinet Dictionary in 1803. So, these tables haven’t been around for very long. They are designed to be easy to fold and keep away after use. Today, you can still find nesting tables (the other name for quartetto tables) on the market. Some are antique, while the rest are mostly new designs that borrow heavily from an old style.
So, how do you identify a set of quartetto tables? Here are a few things to look at:
1. Number of Tables in a Set
(Above photo - Regency Quartetto Nest of Tables Set Four )
As the name suggests, quartetto tables are usually four in a set. The sizes range from the smallest to the largest such that any two subsequent sizes can stack up together. In other countries, you will find nesting tables with two or three pieces. When four in number, nesting tables can be great additions to a large living room. You can pull them out of storage when you need to use them. That makes it possible to save space for other purposes.
(Above photo - Regency Nest Tables Quartetto Bamboo Legs )
Primarily, the size of your living room will determine the form of the quartetto table you purchase. Also important is the type of furniture already in use in your home. If you mostly have square, rectangular furniture, keep the trend by investing in tables with a similar shape. On the other hand, your furniture could be mostly rounded. In that case, you should buy nesting tables with round edges.
(Above photo - Chinese Nest of Tables Set 4 Quartetto Hardwood )
Quartetto tables sprung up in large numbers soon after Thomas Sheraton published his grand designs. That’s why you are likely to find these tables transcending various periods of history. The style of a particular piece will depend on when it was made. For example, we have tables made during the Regency period. Most of them were made from walnut. Others were built much later in the 20th century.
(Above photo - Set Sheraton Nest of Tables - Painted Side Table )
Again, don’t be surprised if you come across quartetto tables from China. These tables were wooden in their entirety. They were plan with details on the edges or the legs. Some even have decorations on the top. The table you choose will largely depend on your personal preferences. In most cases, the decorative pattern is painted and not engraved. The purpose is to create more excellent contrast with the brown wood used to make the tables.
Caring for Quartetto Tables
(Above photo - Walnut Nest of Tables Regency Sides )
Like other wooden furniture, you should never use perfumed detergents or liquids to clean the surface of the table. Chemicals can easily damage the surface and diminish the value of an antique piece of furniture. The best strategy is to dust the surface using a damp cloth.
It is essential to find out the type of wood you are dealing with. Just then, you will be able to know the kinds of wood cleaners you should use it. To prevent further damage, always use coasters when having cold or hot drinks. Always use mats to prevent food from coming into contact with the surface. If a spillage happens, wipe it out immediately.
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