Round Pedestal Table with Thuya Burl Top on Elm Column Base English Circa 1810


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An early 19th century English round pedestal table with a striking thuya burl top 1 set on an elm column base and tripod base.  A handsome occasional or side table. English circa 1810

height: 26 in. (66 cm.)
diameter: 21.5 in. (55 cm.)

Further readings and sources:

  1. Thuya is a hard, dark, reddish-brown wood native to North Africa, showing a swirling, almost marbled appearance. It takes a high polish and is used for cabinetwork.  The ancient Greeks and Chinese used Thuya and it was a popular veneer in 18th and 19th century England. *
    The prized Thuya burl is a dense and hard wood found buried underground. It is noted for its unique patterns, including eyes, knots, and complex grain structures. It can be worked and polished to a high finish, revealing its stunning grain patterns. The wood also has a pleasant, cedar-like fragrance. Thuya burl was used for high-end furniture, veneer, and inlay work–and was a favored material for luxury items.

    *See. The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design 3rd Edition by Mark Hinchman ©2014

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