The form of the serpentine card table, dating from 1800, has always fascinated me, and is the choice for this interpretation of a classic design. While there are many examples of these tables in museums, these elements would never have come together in a single antique piece. The serpentine curves are unique to this piece, as is the cross-banded Crotch Birch ellipse on the softly undulating front apron.
Crotch Birch (used occasionally by the Seymours, a family of famous Boston furniture makers in the 1800's thru 1820's) is not commercially available â these pieces come from birch trees I cut in New Hampshire which are then sawn into veneer, scraped and polished to reveal its inner beauty. The stringing of holly and ebony around the ellipse provides the border to set the crotch birch off from its field. The two different types of holly/ebony banding are hand made to set off the shimmering angular patterns in the Fiddleback Makore, an African hardwood.
This design is available as a Side Table or as a Card Table (with a hinged top and a wing out rear leg).
Dimensions: 36 wide x 18 deep x 30 high