Amidst the 437 lots at de Veres Interiors Auction in The Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin on October the 21st is lot 44; an Irish mahogany card table. The table is quintessentially Irish with its boldly shaped frieze, central shell motif and acanthus carving to the legs. “Not unusual at all” you might say, “A nice example of an Irish Georgian card table in fact”.
Stylistically, the legs are typical of what one would expect to see on such a table, however, on closer examination, the lower halves of all four legs are of lesser quality mahogany than the top of the legs and the rest of the table – they have all been scarfed mid-way up. Click on the image for a larger view.
In order to repair a broken chair or table leg, scarfing in a new piece of wood is all part and parcel of a restorer’s lot; however, these legs do not look like repairs. The scarfs are all at the same height and well above the level where typical damage to these types of legs would normally occur. The carving to the feet also appears to be contemporary.