Regency mahogany deception table

Regency mahogany deception table

Code: R0191

Dimensions:H: 28.2" (71.6 cm)W: 18.8" (47.8 cm)D: 14.5" (36.8 cm)

£1,750.00 Approx $2299.61, €2071.01

A rare Regency mahogany deception table, the rectangular top with a moulded edge and a conventional drop leaf to the one side, and a fall front to the other side disguised as a drop leaf, released with brass release buttons to either side and brass quadrant stays; raised on slender turned tapering legs.  Almost certainly made by Gillows.  Lovely rich colour and patina.
Excellent condition.
English circa 1800
Dimensions (ins) 18.75 wide x 14.5 deep x 28.25 high

The concept of the 'Deception' table is thought to have originated with the Gillow firm. A design for a 'Deception' table appears in the Gillow Estimate Sketch Books for June/July 1787, (Westminster City Archives 94/44-5) 
and a related type of deception table (L. Boynton, (ed.), Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig. 28). 

Thomas Sheraton in his The Cabinet Dictionary, London, 1803 noted that the 'Deception' pembroke table was 'to answer the purpose of a pot 
cupboard, or any other secret use which we would hide from the 
eye of a stranger.