Pair Regency mahogany tables, penwork, circa 1830-40, George IV in BULL CREEK, Western Australia for sale

Pair Regency mahogany tables, penwork, circa 1830-40,
Pair Regency mahogany tables, penwork, circa 1830-40,
Pair Regency mahogany tables, penwork, circa 1830-40,
Pair Regency mahogany tables, penwork, circa 1830-40,

This is a pair of tables which are decorated on the top with a technique known as penwork. The design is normally drawn on small items of furniture or boxes with a fine quill pen and then varnished to protect it. Most penwork designs are in black ink on a pale wood background so this is a bit different, as the artist has included several colors on one of the two tables. Penwork as a decorative technique in England was carried out mainly between 1815-40 and this places the tables either towards the end of the Regency era or early Victorian.
This design on the top of one table is that of a cornucopia of flowers and on the other a basket of flowers. These tables were not intended to be used as an everyday item of furniture as can be seen by the legs which are thin flutes, joined at the base by a cross bar. They would have sat where visitors to a house could notice them and probably remark on what a pretty top they have ? just as people do today!
Dimensions (approx):
Height: 27?/69 cm
Top: 14?/36 cm by 18.5?/47 cm