Exceptionally Fine & Rare Calamander English Sofa Table. Circa First Quarter of the Nineteenth Century, Regency period.
Twin drawers with decorative Lion Head pulls below the double drop leaf rectangular surface with rounded corners with a wide Satinwood cross banding detail, inside a narrow self cross banding to the edge. The back with twin dummy drawers.
Condition: Good overall condition, some old repairs.
Length: (fully extended) 60.5” (154cm). Depth: 26” (66cm). Height: 28” (72cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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Calamander wood or sometimes referred to as Coromandel is a valuable wood from Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus, one of these is Diospyros Quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local Sinhalese name, 'kalu-medhiriya', which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood. It is used in Furniture, Writing Slopes, Tea Caddies, Luthiery and sculpture.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
This is a stunning example of English craftsmanship at it finest.