1850-60's Rosewood Alexander Roux Center Library Table
Item #: 0918500
We attribute this beautifully hand carved rosewood piece to cabinet maker Alexander Roux, New York, N.Y. It is ornate and unique, fancifully carved with full and intricate Shakespeare busts topping each curved leg. There are pierce carved stag heads on the front and back side of the center table with key holes above each head. Lion heads decorate each end. There are hand holds to lift the top of the table off under each lion head. In between the animal carvings are raised floral carvings. As if that isn’t enough, the finial under the table is a full three dimensional life sized squirrel eating a nut. The locks work and the original sardine type key is present. The beautifully hand carved piece measures 47 ½" long, 32" wide, and 30 ½" tall. The original maroon velvet that lined the interior of the table is still present. It was worn, and flat, and not too pretty, so we draped dark green velvet inside the table and pinned it in place with a few dress makers pins. It can be removed in a matter of a few minutes if you would like the original velvet to show. Alexander Roux (1813–1886) was a French cabinetmaker, who emigrated to the United States in the 1830s. He opened a shop in New York City in 1837. By the 1850s he employed 120 craftsmen in his shop and introduced then-new industrial technologies, such as steam powered saws. Roux specialized in the ornate Rococo Revival style, but practiced many others. We have owned this stunning center or library table for twenty years. We purchased it in upper Illinois, and it has been the center of attention and comment, and we have enjoyed it very much. Now it is time for it to be seen and admired by a whole new audience.