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British Colonial Mahogany ‘Whatnot’

Late 19th century

A British colonial ‘Whatnot’ in mahogany. It has three tiers with turned, scrolled supports in each corner. Beneath the bottom tier there is a useful drawer with two wooden pulls. The piece rests on four reeded and tapered legs ending on bun feet.

A ‘Whatnot’ is a piece of furniture derived from the French étagère, which was exceedingly popular in England in the first three-quarters of the 19th century. It usually consists of slender uprights or pillars, supporting a series of shelves for holding china, ornaments, trifles, or “what not”, hence the allusive name.  The table is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. The rosewood has a dark shade giving sharply defined contrast to the white cedar inlay work.

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British colonial India
H: 120 cm W: 66 cm D: 42 cm
H: 47” W: 26” D: 16½”


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