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Even if the style of the table suggests that it's an antique, however, you have to consider other factors.

The menuisier proper continued to be responsible for seat-furniture, table-supports, such furniture as buffets (a kind of cupboard) and armoires (wardrobes) of solid wood, the decorative carved panelling for walls (boiseries), door-cases and overdoor mouldings, and window-cases and shutters.

In this he was assisted by wood-carvers, and by painters, varnishers, and gilders.

Measures : 83" high x 22.5" deep x 75" wide and internal depth 20" THE DRESSING TABLE : with original mirror set within an incised moulded frame with turned supports with turned finials to the top and leading to a row of three jewellery drawers separated by a carved panel.

The table top with moulded edge above a row of three drawers all of the drawers are ash lined with brass handles and separated by a carved panel.

The term, however, can be applied correctly to any kind of furniture decorated with veneers or marquetry, and with related techniques.

Click here for details of: Home page Finding out about yourantique clock: identification / valuation / appraisal CLOCKS FOR SALE Lantern clocks bought Arranging a visit Books for sale by Brian Loomes Contact Clock how-tos Articles on clock collecting Finding a clock by a particular maker Archive (sold clocks) Oak was used in longcase clock making from the earliest times (c.1660) until the end of longcase clock making (c.1870), though in terms of brass dial clocks the end was about 1800.The nearest English equivalent to the term is 'carpenter and joiner', but this is not entirely satisfactory.At this time the technique of inlaying, extremely fashionable in Italy, was in France the province of the menuisier, but when it was replaced by more sophisticated techniques such as veneering and marquetry in the early years of the 17th century, the most skilled menuisiers became known as ebenistes, a term often translated as 'cabinet-maker' which again is not strictly accurate.Like styles, sawing techniques have changed through the years, and a close inspection of the unfinished underside of the table should reveal saw marks.If you see the familiar arc cuts of a circular saw, the table was made in the 19th or 20th centuries.An oak case for a longcase clock in simple form at this early period would cost about one pound - whether for eight-day or thirty-hour made little difference.