Karges Empire/Classical Revival Table

By mwilcox


This table by Karges is quite modern, but it's in the “Empire Revival” style. Most pieces in the Empire Revival types were made 1895-1915 and tended to be copies of later Empire furniture, notably "Pillar & Scroll" pieces from John Hall's 1840 book "The Cabinet Maker's Assistant". Hall's book contained 198 plates of furniture designs consisting of mainly single and double "C & S" shaped scrolls and simple pedestal columns. Examples like this one made in the 1960's tend to follow the designs of the earlier Empire/Classical Revival pieces made 1815-25.

The reproductions are close copies in many ways, but were for the most part entirely factory made with machine cut joints. Instead of figured
mahogany veneer over pine or basswood cases, chairs and cabinet pieces were mainly made of birch, gumwood or maple with deep red /brown
mahogany dye stain, which as many have found is almost impossible to strip off.  “Karges”, the company that made this table has been in operation since 1886, and remains in operation under control of the original family. At auction a Karges Empire/Classical Revival table like this one would currently sell at auction in the $300.00- $500.00 range.