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Sofa Table with flamed veneers attributable to William Trotter of Edinburgh

Sofa Table with flamed veneers attributable to William Trotter of Edinburgh



circa 1820

The sofa table has wonderful faded patina that offers a honey brown colour, as one would imagine all English antiques might be, however the book matched veneers are really beautiful because the table has been left where natural sunlight has taken its course and given this table the colour that collectors always look for. The table has been made with four flamed mahogany sections with the flaps supported on carved scroll tulip decorated end supports. This is repeated, front and back, with two veneered frieze drawers on edge and dart mouldings, centred on a carved mahogany panel, with simulated drawers to the back. The solid carved, reeded mahogany single pedestal with lotus leaf decoration to the base, sits on a Quattro form veneered platform sitting on proudly carved feet flanked with tulip decoration and concealed with the original brass castors.




William Trotter was born into a family of merchants in 1772, descended on the maternal side from the family of John Knox, he became a member of The Merchant Company in 1797 and by 1809 he was sole proprietor of the firm Young & Trotter. In 1814-15 he furnished the library and picture gallery which the architect Robert Reid had added to Paxton House for George Home. Trotter continued to trade from 9 Princes Street (the site on which the ?Balmoral Hotel? stands today) until his death in 1833. He was regarded as the perhaps the most eminent of all Scottish cabinet makers.


Height 74.00cm (29.13 inches)

Width 92.00cm (36.22 inches)

Depth 69.00cm (27.17 inches)

Height Framed 74.00cm (29.13 inches)

Width Framed 153.00cm (60.24 inches)

Depth Framed 69.00cm (27.17 inches)

Stock No: F418


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