Theodore Alexander lacquer table at Livingston Furniture Tampa

Far East Fascination

During the period of George II (1727-1760) the English became fascinated with the mysterious and profitable Far East. So much so that it influenced many aesthetic endeavours and catapulted tea, a previously unknown beverage in England, to the status of national drink.

By the 1750s Eastern themes appeared in ceramics, silverware and textiles. The elaborately decorated lacquered boxes that carried tea across the continents inspired English designers to begin experimenting with decoration on furniture.

Our table pays homage to the art of hand painted Chinoiserie decoration. A dark figured burl with Oriental garden scenes adorn the drum top. The base, consisting of red and gold Chinese lacquer, sits atop classic but gentle cabriole legs ending in acanthus scroll feet.