piece was made by ex-Sydney cabinet-makers. Designers William
Norman and George Bloomfield worked in partnership for 13
years in Maitland, New South Wales around 140 years ago. They
crafted Hunter River cedar into beautiful Colonial furniture
of which this lyre ended table is an exceptional example.
"The end supports of the table are shaped in the form
of a lyre, which is completed by hand-turned inverted finials
under the apron. Each lyre end rests on a low bracket-form
base, decorated with hand-turned patera and strengthened by
a finely turned stretcher." Australian Colonial Living
Furniture by John Buttsworth, plate 57.
In November, 1987, Sotheby's sold the original for $13,000-00.
The Lyre Ended Table is a versatile and beautiful occasional
piece. It can be used as a writing desk, a sofa table, a hall
table or an elegant dressing table.