found this beautiful, small, solid walnut, Gothic side table outside Lyon, and were
delighted to do so since small gothic tables are very rare on the market yet so
important in today's décor.
is supported all around by corbels, that also cover the front of the drawer
(that runs the full width of the table) to hide it from view. There is no
hardware, because to open the drawer one reaches under the front of the drawer,
to find a recessed handhold that allows the drawer to be pulled out.
is outstanding, with no scratches or mars, the result of re-amalgamation of the
original finish to bring out the depth and color of the walnut. Over time the
wax, smoke and the buildup of other things on the finish can all but obscure
the original depth and grain of the wood. Special pieces like this table
benefit greatly from the re-amalgamation process.
four legs are capped on all four sides with carved blanks which have been
incised with a Gothic lancet design, and each has a walnut bracket to offer
support to the top. Unlike the classic Gothic arch in French architecture, this
lancet arch is the double-curved ogee also known as the Venetian arch, with the
addition of an indentation where the arch joins the perpendicular
elements. The more traditional Gothic
arch is found below the top on each side of the table, trimmed with bits of
tracery or fenestrage.
legs terminate in turnings. The stretcher between the legs is delicately carved
in a style that is clearly Gothic, but in form is an entretoise ondée (wavy)
reminiscent of those connecting the legs of classic Louis XIV chairs. This
stretcher is delicate and shows signs of past repair under it's center, but
which provides structural integrity.
suspect that the table's basic structural design (minus the Gothic elements) is
based on the table en cabaret of the 17th century - a small table with a
drawer, designed for gentile card games such as whist - and which also made use
of the entretoise ondée.