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( Above Photo: Regency Side Tables Satinwood Parquetry Inlay End Table )
One of the most impressive pieces of furniture made during the Regency period side table. Highly functional furniture pieces, Regency side tables could be found virtually anywhere in the home. Luckily, side tables from this era are still available for sale, from either collectors or antique shops.
So, how do you identify a Regency side table when you go out to buy one? Here are a few things you have look at to know if you have a genuine Regency antique:
( Above Photo: Victorian Occasional Table Rosewood Side Tables )
Regency side tables were made in different shapes and sizes, depending on the designer and the requirements of the owner. Thus, you can find square, rectangular, or round side tables in varied sizes. Instead of having a completely round top, other side tables have an oval shape. Therefore, you should not be fixated on finding a side table in a certain shape or size.
During the Regency period, people in Britain and the rest of Europe were already importing exotic woods like ebony and mahogany. Therefore, apart from indigenous woods like cherry, walnut, yew, and oak, you are likely to find Regency side tables made from ebony and Mahogany. The dark colored woods were great for creating a contrast with all kinds of ornamentation, including drawer handles.
( Above Photo: Chippendale Side Table Mahogany Occasional Tables 1870 )
In most cases, furniture makers during the regency tables decorated side tables with gilded metal accents or mounts and extensive brass inlays. That was a clever way of creating a centerpiece! The centerpiece could stand out in any room within the house. Who would have resisted noticing how the shiny metallic elements stood out against the dark wooden surface?
Regency side tables mostly featured paw-shaped feet, which had a metallic cover. In some cases, furniture makers went for straight, column-shaped, X-shaped, or concave-shaped legs. It largely depended on the style the designer intended to display. While most side tables have four legs, others have two legs standing on either side. Still some side tables have one leg, which is then splayed at the bottom to create stability.
( Above Photo: Pair Regency End Tables Rosewood Side Table )
A typical side table has a draw under the tabletop for storing bits and pieces, depending on what the purpose the side table is intended to serve. While some side tables have smaller drawers, others have substantially bigger drawers. In most cases, the drawers have gilded bronze handles for opening or closing.
Regency side tables also have several applied decorations, including lion masks and female masks. Some of them have laurel wreaths, carved rosettes, and stylized flower designs. That is in addition to the brass inlays and metal accents. Regardless of where you place it in your home, a regency side table is obviously easily noticeable.
A regency side table is worth buying for anyone who wants a decorative or functional piece of furniture. It works perfectly in the hallway of foyer for holding keys and other items or in the bedroom as a dressing table. You can also use it in your living room for holding TV remotes.
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