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A rare and fine diminutive William and Mary octagonal gate-leg table
England, circa 1690
H. 26 1/2", D. (closed) 12", Diam. 29"
Courtesy of Jackson Mitchell, Inc.

This remarkable object has superb form, color, surface decoration, and is of a rare small size. The unusual treatment of the top features oval herringbone designs on the middle section and leaves, and herringbone inlays along the table edge and in an arcaded pattern on the ends of the middle section. Most gate-leg tables are generally unembellished.

The undercarriage of the table, with finely turned legs and gates, is also remarkable, being virtually all as made. The condition is amazing, as so much furniture of this type and portability has suffered from rot caused by damp floors and use. The drawer and the subtly shaped frieze are unusual features as well.

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