Good afternoon everyone and Thank you for allowing me to join your group,
My Mom passed away about 5 1/2 years ago and left my Brother and I with a house in Texas and a lot of memories. One in particular was of this table we have inherited and I am trying to find out something about it. All I can tell you is my Dad got it at an auction back in 1970 something down in South Texas. It has two drawers that oppose each other and I was told about 15 years ago that it may have been a library table but for who I am sure I do not know. No work has been done to it and it is all hand carved. The top is removable if the take the screws out of the bottom, it is kinda like an insert. The dimensions are 32" wide by 48" long and 30" tall. I am really just asking if it is worth keeping and maybe a little information about it if possible.
Thank you again for your help.
Last edited by RLNTEX; 02-14-2017 at 05:25 PM. Reason: Change Pictures
What a gorgeous piece! First up, please understand that I am in no way a furniture/antiques expert. Having made that disclaimer, following are my thoughts regarding your mom's table... It appears to be a very handsome late 19th century Renaissance Revival library table. I am guessing its origin is European, but it could be American. If I had to choose, I would say European. Can you determine the wood, at least for the top? Walnut? Would you add photos of the drawer construction?
It is very difficult and nearly impossible to absolutely determine much about a piece of furniture using only photos. But, it is great fun to read the stories and see the photos. So, thank you for posting yours, Robert! My ultimate recommendation is that you ask a local antiques dealer to take a hands-on look.
The key to determining how a piece is made is drawer photos from all angles.
Straight answers from thirty years in the business.
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BTW, You nailed it when you said "late 19th century Renaissance Revival library table" I found many pictures on Google. I can send more pictures of it if you want.
Thanks for posting those drawer photos, Robert. Again, it's difficult to make solid determinations using only photos, but the joinery might be hand-cut. That would be a nice clue to the age of the piece. Hand-cut doesn't necessarily mean older because European makers continued to produce hand-cut joinery a bit after American makers started producing machine cut joinery. But, in my definitely amateur opinion, hand-cut joinery is usually indicative of an older piece. Also, if the markings on the drawer side piece are saw marks, those might also point to older because they are straight, parallel cuts and not arched from a circular saw. The stenciled numbering on the drawer underside is what always mucks up my thinking. When I see that, I tend to think a piece is more 1910s, 20s, 30s, etc.. I simply don't know exactly what those numbers say about when the piece was made. I am inclined to believe they might be pattern numbers, but I really don't know.
One other thing you might research is how to determine the finish of an old piece. This can provide more clues as to a piece's age. I've never experimented with that and would be curious to know what you learn if you do.
It's always great fun to see those rare pieces that sell for six or seven figures! Regardless of how it turns out for your mom's library table, I love that it caught your dad's eye and it's been in y'all's family for quite a while. It is a very handsome piece.
I took notice of the dovetail joints in the drawer design and they are quite flush, you really can't feel two separate pieces of wood. What amazes me is how square the drawers are. I have been working with wood for a while and I can't make a square box to save my life, not completely square anyway. These are perfect. I This lady I have been talking to locally said she found a table on eBay that has some of the same patterns in the design work. http://www.ebay.com/itm/132097610282...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Interesting find she made. This lady, a local antique dealer, tells me today that from her research she believes it to be and I quote, "Antique French Renaissance Dark Oak Entry Desk Circa 1900's with carved Beveled edge top and Baibous legs" whatever that means.
I think this it just a specific detailed description of what what I already knew but it helps a lot.
I also noticed that your handle (name) is TXCajun, any chance you live in Texas or Louisiana? I only ask because I live in Central Louisiana but I am from San Antonio?
I was born and raised a (north) Louisiana girl. Some of my mamma's people were in east, east, east Texas. I spent a lot of time there, as well. Then, I went to Texas A&M (College Station, TX), graduated, and eventually wound up in the Texas hill country. I love Louisiana. I grew up with simply lovely, kind, generous, warm, and funny people. Of course, the food was/is impossible to beat! But, now my heart is in the gorgeous Texas hill country. For me, there is nothing like that big, blue, Texas sky over the Live Oak covered rolling hills.
San Antonio is a fun place! But, gosh, it's growing too big for me, now. I guess everywhere is? And, I'm curious about your current location being central Louisiana... Which type of gumbo do you prefer: southern soupy or northern gravy? I grew up learning there is a definite line! I enjoy either, but definitely prefer the northern gumbo.