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Neoclassical Furniture

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms. Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, Neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

     The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

     Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of Neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and tables legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

     Yet Neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreathes, sheaves of arrow, medallions, and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns. As you can see from the furniture shown on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep Neoclassicism fresh.

Russian Neoclassical Crystal Chandelier
This exceptionally rare, Russian Neoclassical chandelier is the epitome of early 19th century luxury and style. Crafted in Saint Petersburg of mercury-gilded bronze, cobalt blue glas...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Neoclassical Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Pair of 19th Century Giltwood Wall Sconces
Pair of 19th century giltwood wall sconces. Each topped by an eagle holding a chain in its beak, from which are suspended gilt pendants.
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Antique 19th Century English Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Giltwood

Antique English Early 19th Century Wedgwood Chandelier
By Josiah Wedgwood
A rare early 19th century Regency period English chandelier, the body of Wedgwood jasperware mounted with elaborate gilt ormolu metal work issuing five electrified candle arms and hu...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Ormolu

French Porcelain Vase, Locre, circa 1815
French porcelain vase, Locre, circa 1815.
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Antique 1810s French Vases

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of "Old Paris" Vases with Garlands of Bisquit Flowers
French, circa 1820. Porcelain, painted and gilded, with applied bisquit flowers 8 13/16 in. high. Inscribed (with incised mark, under the base of each): 3.   
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Antique 1820s French Neoclassical Porcelain

Pair of Wedgwood Figural Candlesticks of Pomona and Ceres, 19th Century
Pair of Wedgwood figural candlesticks of Pomona and Ceres, 19th century.
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Antique 19th Century English Candlesticks

Italian Neoclassical Pressed Brass, Iron and Glass Twelve-Light Chandelier
UL wired, probably from Naples, Italy first quarter of the 19th century, the top with pressed brass plumes connected by an inner ring and swags of bead chains continuing to a crown s...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants

19th, Signed and Dated, Marble Bust of Nobleman
Large, hand-carved bust of a man in draped in a clasped robe by prominent, Scottish, Royal Acadmey member, Patric Park (18l1-1855). From the article, "Mapping the Practice and Profe...
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Antique 19th Century Scottish Sculptures

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Marble

Set of Four Carved Classical Side Chairs, New York
These chairs are of the type known as "side chairs," which fit nicely for example alongside either a chest or a card table in a hallway. Also, these may be considered "boudoir chairs...
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Antique 19th Century American American Classical Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

American Breakfront Bookcase "Library Bookcase with Wings"
By Unknown
Breakfront bookcase [library book case with wings], circa 1815–1820 New York Mahogany (secondary woods: mahogany, pine, and poplar), with wood and composition capitals and bases, v...
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Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Bookcases

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Glass, Mahogany, Wood

Fine English Urn-Form Vase by Wedgwood & Bentley
By Wedgwood & Bentley
This fine and rare English George III period was made in Wedgwood & Bentley Etruria manufactory. The classically inspired urn-form vase has a blue green variegated glaze in imitation...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Neoclassical Vases

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Ceramic

Pair of 18th/19th Century Neoclassical Carved Giltwood Sconces
Pair of exquisite Neoclassical carved giltwood sconces, each having draped female figure with wings holding torch in each arm and one on her head, serving as the three candlearms, e...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Wood

Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Covered Vases, French, circa 1830
Pair of gilt and patinated bronze covered vases, French, circa 1830.
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Antique 1830s French Vases

Pier Mirror in the Neoclassical Taste
New York, circa 1815-1820. Wood, gessoed and gilded, with mirror plate. 75 1/2 in. high, 44 1/8 in. wide (at the cornice), 8 1/2 in. deep (at the cornice). Condition: Some resto...
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Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors

Rare English Porcelain Pistol-Handled Flight and Barr Covered Vase, circa 1800
Rare English porcelain pistol-handled flight and barr covered vase, circa 1800. Decorated on both sides with a floral bouquet. One one a aqua-blue ground (daytime) and on the othe...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Vases

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Porcelain

Italian Porcelain Vase, Doccia, circa 1810
Italian porcelain vase, Doccia, circa 1810.
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Antique 1810s Italian Vases

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Porcelain

Louis XVI Period Console Table with Marble Top, France c. 1790
A Louis XVI Period Painted & Parcel-gilt Console Table in the Neoclassical taste, mounted with a Marble top. The break-front outline adorned with ribbon & rose garland motifs, and mo...
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Antique 1790s French Louis XVI Console Tables

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Marble

English Porcelain Vase, Chamberlain Worcester, circa 1820
By Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain 1
English porcelain vase, Chamberlain Worcester, circa 1820.
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Antique Early 19th Century English Vases

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Porcelain

17th Century Flemish Tapestry after Peter Paul Rubens
Magnificent Flemish tapestry after the renown painting of Peter Paul Ruben's "Decius Mus preparing for Death," 1616-1617. Upon hearing his fate pronounced by the High Priest of Rome,...
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Antique 17th Century Belgian Tapestries

Materials

Tapestry

English Silver Gilt and Engraved Greek-Form Vase
London, 1869, Maker: S Smith.
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Antique 1860s English Vases

Wedgwood Black and Gilt Basalt Covered Potpourri Vase, circa 1870
A wedgwood black and gilt basalt covered Potpourri vase, circa 1870.
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Antique 1870s English Neoclassical Vases

Wedgwood Rosso-Antico Vase, circa 1790
By Wedgwood
Wedgwood Rosso-Antico Vase, Circa 1790
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Antique 1790s Vases

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Ceramic

Italian Red Grain Painted and Gilt Decorated Tall Case Clock, c1790
This clock stands tall with original red grained paint and decorative gilt details. The works are early 18th century English with a calendar movement and are signed "Tanpium." The ca...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Clocks

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Metal

RUSSIAN CLASSICAL GILT BRONZE AND PAINTED TAZZA
Russian Gilt and painted bronze and painted classical three column based tazza with engine turned collars and base to the bowl as well as delicate vines running up the columns
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Antique 19th Century Russian Sculptures

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Superb Louis XVI Commode, Stamped "J. Manser", France c. 1770
By Jacques Manser
A very fine Louis XVI period Commode, with intricate inlaid designs of exotic wood, and stamped inside one upper drawer "J MANSER" & "JME". French in origin, and dating from the thir...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Louis XVI design Fautueil constructed in Walnut, Italy c. 1780
A fine Louis XVI period Fauteuil, with Neoclassical carved designs throughout the exposed Walnut frame. Dating from the fourth quarter of the 1700s, and Italian in origin. The ov...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

18th Century Breccia Marble Column Pedestal
By Unknown
18th century Breccia marble column pedestal. With a white marble capital above an entastic column, resting on a square pedestal with a cavetto edge.
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Antique 1780s Pedestals and Columns

Materials

Breccia Marble

Tôle and Crystal Chandelier
Tôle and crystal chandelier: early 19th century pierced tole and iron chandelier frame. Decorated with recent chains of glass beads and crystal prism pendants. Five Lights newly wire...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Empire Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Wrought Iron, Tin

Hepplewhite Bowfront Mahogany Sideboard with Brass Gallery
Hepplewhite bowfront mahogany sideboard with brass gallery. Three crossbanded drawers above an oval-paneled cabinet on each side, and a fitted interior.
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Antique Early 19th Century English Hepplewhite Sideboards

Materials

Brass

Italian Carrara Marble Statue
Italian Carrara marble statue, a figural representation of the season winter, marked INVERNO at its base.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Statues

Materials

Carrara Marble

French Empire Gilt Silver Epergne, c1805
This beautiful French early 19th century gilt sterling silver epergne is decorated with classical female figures, cherubs, dragon flies, and Egyptian heads, it stands on hoofed feet....
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Centerpieces

Materials

Silver

Fine Directoire Mahogany and Brass Inlaid Desk
The top with pierced gallery and leather insert above a frieze drawer flanked by two drawers on square tapering legs terminating with sabots. (Side extensions measure maximum 17" W ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Desks

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Brass

William IV Walnut Circular Table
Important William IV period circular table. The burl walnut top extensively inlaid with intricate marquetry, resting on a circular base fitted with an upholstered footrest.
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Antique 19th Century English Dining Room Tables

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

Gustavian Giltwood Mirror
A Swedish Late Gustavian giltwood and painted mirror, Circa 1800, the divided mirror plate surrounded by a flat molded frame with a ribbon and stick outer edge, surmounted by a paint...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Wall Mirrors

Pair of 19th Century White Louis XVI Armchairs in Beige Linen
Pair of beautifully carved white Louis XVI style armchairs, upholstered in beige linen.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Linen

Puce-Colored Transfer Creamware Shell-Edge Neale and Co Set of Ten Plates
By Neale & Co.
The Neale & Co. puce-colored shell-edge plates are each decorated in a purple transfer with figures in the foreground amongst a landscape of Classic ruins. The rims, also with a feat...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Georgian Dinner Plates

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Creamware

Monumental Italian Neoclassic Giltwood Wall Urn
Monumental Italian neoclassic giltwood wall urn of typical form with original gilt finish.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Architectural Elements

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Giltwood

Monumental Sheraton Three-Part Dining Room Table, Boston
This table of extraordinary width uses double hung leaves to its fullest length to create its size. The heavy leaves are all of dense solid grain Santo Domingo mahogany; the ribbon g...
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Antique 19th Century American Sheraton Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany

French Louis XVI Style Giltwood and Painted Trumeau
carved giltwood and painted frame with 2 part glass Please go to www.robuck.co to see our complete inventory.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Trumeau Mirrors

Materials

Giltwood, Glass

Pair of 18th Century Roman Consoles and Mirrors
Fabulous pair of Roman consoles and trumeau mirrors.
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Console Tables

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Italian Painted Window Bench
Italian hand carved and floral painted window bench with scrolled arms, saber legs, and ending on hoof feet.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Benches

Giltwood Barometer, French, 18th Century
This French barometer is of large size, in an excellent state of preservation, and in working condition. The gold leaf has a mellow and deep glow. This barometer is typical of French...
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Antique Early 18th Century French French Provincial Scientific Instruments

Materials

Wood

Period Empire Bronze Neoclassical Urns
Beautifully decorated Empire bronze urns.
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Antique 19th Century French Vases

Materials

Bronze

Pair of “Old Paris” Porcelain Coolers, Yellow Bands, Floral Wreaths
By Darte Frères
Darte Frères, Paris, made, circa 1820. Porcelain, partially painted and gilded. Measures: 14 1/4 in. high, 10 3/8 in. wide (through the handles), 7 3/4 in. deep. Signed (with ste...
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Antique 19th Century Empire Wine Coolers

Regency Lantern
English Regency lantern, circa 1800. Glass, blown, with gilt-brass fittings 27 in. high, 13 1/4 in. greatest diameter. In a market that is overwhelmed with reproduction lantern...
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Lanterns

Materials

Brass

Fine Pair Baltic Gilt Bronze and Cut Crystal Two-Light Appliques
Probably Russian, the bronze structure with half-moon at top with central stem emanating arms with crystal drops, terminating in two candle arms flanking a rams head.
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Antique 1790s Russian Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Crystal, Ormolu

1820s English Mahogany Partner's Desk with Greek Key Leather Top
1820s English partner's desk with in mahogany with a gilt tooled Greek key leather molded top over sets of four drawers appointed with brass hardware and raised on bracket feet.
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Antique 19th Century English Late Victorian Desks

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Rare Set of Four Italian Neoclassic Silver Gilt Armchairs
The oval back with stop fluting above a similarly decorated frieze on round tapering fluted legs, can be sold in pairs.
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Armchairs

Materials

Vermeil, Silver

Pair of English Gilt and Marble Corner Consoles
Pair of English gilt carved wood and marble top corner consoles with floral and fluted leg motif. Original marble tops.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Console Tables

Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Bureau Plat
By Philippe Claude Montigny
In the style of Montigny (Philippe-Claude Montigny, mai^tre in 1770), the rectangular tooled leather-lined top surrounded with a later ormolu border, above two frieze drawers and sim...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Bronze

19th Century Marble Sculpture of the Farnese Hercules
19th century marble sculpture of the Farnese Hercules.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sculptures

Materials

Marble

Directoire Adjustable Stand
A French Directoire adjustable tilt-top stand with pierced bronze gallery and marble top. Stamped 'Jacob".
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Candle Stands

Painted Folk Art Four-Panel Floor Screen
A very unique charmingly decorative double sided screen, painted oil on canvas, seemingly an oversized idea of the sketchbook or travelogue. One side of the screen shows an imaginary...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Country Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Canvas

Carved Mahogany Classical Card Table
This card table represents the height of the Empire period with fabulous carving throughout. We have seen several drop-leaf tables of this form, but this is the only card table we ha...
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Antique 19th Century American American Classical Game Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Russian Cut-Glass Chandelier
This Russian chandelier is distinguished by its exceptional rarity. The entirety of this important Neoclassical fixture is covered with a myriad of intricately cut-glass lusters, all...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bronze

Sheffield Silver Plate Wire and Bristol Glass Epergne Centerpiece
This English Sheffield plate wire-work epergne is distinguished by gracefully scrolled supports, which branch from a round footed base and suspend six baskets, with a large central b...
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Antique 1840s English Early Victorian Centerpieces

Materials

Sheffield Plate

Pair Empire Au Bon Sauvage Candlesticks
Beautifully Chased Bronze Candlesticks with Nubian Figures
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French Candle Holders

Materials

Bronze

Prattware Pearlware Pottery Plaque of Lions
The Prattware pearlware plaque is relief-mouded with two recumbent lions and painted in underglaze colors with floral branches and a molded border. What is so nice about this particu...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Pottery

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Pair of American Neo-Classical Pier Mirrors
By Historic New England
Boston, Massachusetts, about 1820 Eastern white pine, gessoed and gilded, with ebonized liners and mirror Each, 65 1/8 in. high; 37 1/2 in. wide Inscribed (on back of frame and ba...
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Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Fine Mahogany Neoclassical Card Table
This top-rank card table has leaves of solid Santo Domingo mahogany above an apron of decorative balls above a brass edge trim. The level of detail is extremely fine and is followed ...
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Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Card Tables and Tea Tables

Materials

Mahogany