Help please, Thoughts?

  • Advertise with us
Project by Colin posted 05-15-2008 09:53 PM 2913 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unfortunately I didn’t make this table! This table was shown to me by a colleague who had inherited it from his mother who recently passed away. As you can see the top is split as are two of the sides. The table is made from either stained Lime or another wood suitable for chip carving. I am certain that the table is a considerable age because of the boiled animal glue that had been used and also the old style ( well rusted) panel pins used on the inside with corner blocks to help hold the sides in place. The sides are tongue and groove together, with the groove running the whole length of the sides.

The owners mother lived in England and seems to have owned the table for some considerable time. Anyway, my friend would like to know more about the origins of the table. Can anyone help? has anyone seen a table like this before?( I haven’t) Any thoughts as to the country of origin. The design is almost certainly chip carved by hand.

Many thanks


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

14 comments so far

View dennis mitchell's profile

dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 4707 days

#1 posted 05-15-2008 10:10 PM

...somewhere in the middle east or India…

View blackcherry's profile


3339 posts in 4216 days

#2 posted 05-15-2008 10:18 PM

My quess is Moorish or Algerian purchased in Spain…Blkcherry

View Rob 's profile


216 posts in 4060 days

#3 posted 05-16-2008 12:36 AM

I have absolutely no idea. But I bet they like dusting!

View Dusty56's profile


11843 posts in 4081 days

#4 posted 05-16-2008 01:23 AM

Looks like an episode of Antiques Roadshow waiting to happen : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View miles125's profile


2180 posts in 4398 days

#5 posted 05-16-2008 01:39 AM

I agree with Dennis. Most likely India.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

View lightweightladylefty's profile


3348 posts in 4105 days

#6 posted 05-16-2008 03:19 AM

I tend to think along the lines of Blackcherry. My guess is Moroccan. But I’m not certain how that fits in with the Star of David on each side.

When you find out, what do we win if we’re right? :>)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

View Praki's profile


201 posts in 4390 days

#7 posted 05-16-2008 07:25 AM

I would doubt this is Indian in origin. Most designs that I have seen in India don’t use the motifs I see on this piece.

But then, what do I really know?

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

View SteveKorz's profile


2139 posts in 4107 days

#8 posted 05-16-2008 09:56 AM

I saw the star of David too. It makes me think of somewhere around the Mediterraniean, eastern interior. The leg design looks to be like some that I’ve seen from either Israel, Iran, India, Turkey or Pakistan. It doesn’t look like it would be Russian or African, Chinese or Micronesian. I’ve googled it to death, can’t find anything there…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

View Mick's profile


78 posts in 4300 days

#9 posted 05-16-2008 02:56 PM

actually it looks Nordic to me.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

View blackcherry's profile


3339 posts in 4216 days

#10 posted 05-16-2008 04:18 PM

Colin I shot off a email to a member of the lumberjock community in Portugal he is a furniture restorer and I believe that he may be able to help ID this piece….Blkcherry

View pedrorc's profile


72 posts in 4350 days

#11 posted 05-17-2008 01:22 AM

Hi Colin, this is a strange peace, the shape of the table looks from Northern Africa, but the carving work is not like northern African, remember my Nordic carving. Is possible this table bin made in Britain, for another way, In Morocco, they use cedar wood to furniture construction for centuries, not Lime. During the 19th century was a tendency in Europe for make a kind of revival furniture from ancient edges like: Gothic, renascence, Indian, Chinese and so on. Sometimes the creators of this peaces dont follow exactly the ancient style, and create a kind of “hybrid” furniture, maybe this table is from those past time.

-- Pedro Rodrigues da Costa, Sintra, Portugal

View Colin's profile


246 posts in 4313 days

#12 posted 05-17-2008 11:33 AM

Well, thanks everyone for your time and effort to respond to my questions. Your answers are very interesting and I am sure that the owner will appreciate your comments and interest.


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

View Cedrus's profile


110 posts in 4107 days

#13 posted 06-01-2008 07:25 PM

Hi from B.C. Try this one for the Morrocan or Moorish connection….I really like your other carved pieces…good luck on this one!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

View Suliman Syria 's profile

Suliman Syria

424 posts in 4197 days

#14 posted 07-20-2008 01:44 PM

It is locale desgin . It is by cnc router .

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics