If you had a look at our Instagram today, you would have seen that we are starting a new Friday tradition taking a close look at the feet on pieces of furniture in our collection. We will explore the different styles and motifs that were popular throughout the 18th century on chairs, table, chests, and more. On Instagram, we will start with a close up photo of the foot and later in the day we will reveal the full piece so you can see how the style of the foot fits in to the overall aesthetic and design.
So without further ado, we will start with the iconic carved animal paw foot. Often in the form of lion’s paws, these animalistic forms originally appeared on ancient Greek and Roman furniture and became popular again in the middle of the 18th century. The lion was a symbol of England, and therefore a very fitting choice for Georgian furniture. This particular piece features fantastically carved lions paw feet with wonderful patina. This George II period Irish mahogany drop leaf table stands on four wonderful acanthus and flower carved cabriole legs that each terminate in exaggerated animal paws. The mahogany on this table is of the finest colour, figuring, and patina throughout.
Have a look below to see more pieces from our collection with animal paw feet.