Metamorphic library table converting to a dining table. The top with well-figured mahogany over a frieze with central cockbeaded drawer with turned handles and flanked by a pair of dummy drawers.
Three dummy drawers to the reverse. Stands upon turned, reeded tapered legs, which stand upon a set of Cope’s patent brass castors.
The top conceals a drawer leaf and extends with two leaves to form a small dining table.
English, circa 1820 - 1835
Height 29” (74cm) Top Width 45” (115cm) Depth 34” (86cm) Extending to 63” (160cm)
Stock No. 8894
SALE PRICE: £5,950
This form of table, sometimes known as a ‘Universal Table’ or ‘Secret Flap Table’ achieved some popularity amongst London cabinet makers.
A similar design was illustrated and described in Thomas Sheraton’s 'The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book' published in November 1791.
President Thomas Jefferson ordered such a table from Samuel Titt of London for use in his house Monticello in the United States of America and had it shipped out to him by Captain Anderson on the Isabella for which the cabinet maker charged him the high price of £6.6s. (six guineas).