A Victorian Burr Elm, Amaranth and marquetry inlaid centre table, attributed to Richard Bridgens, c1860. The marquetry top is exceptionally inlaid using specimen woods of Rosewood, Burr Elm, Satinwood and Burr Walnut to create a pattern of C scrolls, stylised acanthus leaves, foliage as well as ribbons and shields. This rests above a pierced frieze on baluster turned legs which are joined by an arched stretcher on bun feet with casters. A statement piece of rare and unusual quality.
Richard Bridgens began his career in Liverpool and later moved to London working for the renowned cabinet maker George Bullock. When George Bullock died in 1818, Bridgens started his own business in Birmingham producing extraordinary pieces, often described as ahead of his time. Most notably he worked at Aston Hall for James Watt junior, designing furniture and making architectural alterations in the Jacobean style.
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