Pair of British Colonial Ebony Marble Top Side TablesMid 19th century
A pair of British colonial ebony side tables with a new marble top. The tables feature a reeded apron with floral carving in the corners. The square top is raised on a reeded, collared column that is supported on three reeded, splayed legs ending in ball and claw feet.
Ebony has long been prized for its dense hardness, which lends itself for beautiful carving and a smooth finish after being polished. It is considered the aristocrat of hardwoods and is native to southern India and Sri Lanka. Ebony has always been a luxury wood and was so popular in 17th century France, that “ebenistes” is still the French word for cabinet maker. Furniture pieces of lesser woods were often “ebonized” (painted black) to make them look as if made of ebony.
The tables are in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
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British colonial India
H: 77 cm W: 57 cm D: 57 cm
H: 30½“ W: 22½” D: 22½”