REGENCY MAHOGANY DRUM-FORM LIBRARY TABLE
England, c1815, "W. WHITEHEAD"
The octagonal “drum-form” top above a corresponding frieze with four rectangular drawers and 4
triangular drawers, one drawer stamped "W. Whitehead", raised on a turned pedestal with four outswept
legs ending in heavy cast paw feet and casters, original iron spider, the pedestal with dovetailed mount to base,
the top tooled green leather; mahogany secondary woods (used generally in only finer furniture)
Condition: Excellent with usual nicks appropriate to age; antique replaced brasses; old well done repairs to legs
A notation in the Illustrated London News, June 27, 1851, indicated “W Whitehead, Lancaster, cabinet maker,”
declared bankruptcy on that date. A family of Whiteheads cabinetmakers was known to have worked in the
Lancaster area in the first quarter to half of the 19th century.
It is quite unusual to find a library table with 8 working drawers.
Most often there are 4 working drawers and 4 dummy drawers.
Please note that the four triangular drawers are indeed original to the construction, and not an alteration.
Signed British Furniture at this time is also quite rare.
30.5"H x 39"W
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