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Antique Victorian Library / Centre Table Jasperware Plaques, C1880

Antique Victorian Library Centre Table Jasperware Plaques, C1880 Sold

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We are very pleased to be able to offer for sale this Antique Victorian Library Table or Centre Table with Jasperware Plaques dating from around 1880.

This Antique Library Table has been very skillfully made by an accomplished craftsman using finest ebony and burr walnut and it is further generously embellished by the addition of a number of superb quality Jasperware Plaques, made by Wedgwood, which certainly add a great deal of style and character to this exciting piece of furniture.

The antique library table top, with its sumptuous gold-tooled writing surface, is impressive enough on its own - it makes this table a real joy to work at - but, when you shift your gaze down to the outstanding base which also features Jasperware plaques, you can then start to really appreciate the exceptional nature of this antique library table.

The combination of ebony and burr walnut together with ormolu mounts is tried and tested and works particularly well but it is taken to a entirely new level of sophistication when it is combined with an array of Wedgwood Jasperware plaques, such is the case with this lovely Victorian library table.

The oval shaped table top is resplendent with its inset gold tooled leather writing surface, finished in beautiful shade of burgundy and complemented with an attractive ebonised border.

The table’s frieze has burr walnut banding which is decorated with four of the Wedgwood Jasperware plaques which have been tastefully set in ormolu mounts.

By way of support, this is amply provided by the sturdy but attractive base which includes four turned and ebonised columns standing on a four-legged cabriole base. As you can see from the gallery of photographs supplied, the table’s base has been elaborately decorated with crisp boxwood stringing in conjunction with burr walnut panels. Completing the supporting role of the base are the legs which are fitted with the original brass castors to provide ease of movement. Please note that the centre of the base features a beautifully decorated ormolu urn which is in turn surrounded by a total of sixteen Jasperware plaques.


This antique Victorian library table is offered for sale in excellent condition at a very attractive price. The condition of this antique table is indeed very impressive and of course reflects the fact that it has been carefully and skillfully restored in our own workshops, by craftsmen who love the furniture they work with.

More Information and To View

You are very welcome to email us or call us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this antique library table. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this table at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment quoting our reference as shown above so we know which large dining table you are referring to.

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Shipping, Delivery and Return

This is an antique library table and requires careful packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.

If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this Victorian library table, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.

You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 122 x Depth 91

Height 62 - Kneehole

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 feet

Height 2 feet, 0 inches - Kneehole

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 07581