Tiger Oak ‘Green Man’ Three Tier Console
OUTSTANDING, C. 19th VICTORIAN TIGER OAK ‘GREEN MAN’ THREE TIER CONSOLE
D I M E N S I O N S
Height: 134 cm
Length: 110 cm
Depth: 47 cm
It was George Hepplewhite who wrote, in 1788, that 'furniture should unite elegance and utility and blend the useful with the agreeable'. This utterly divine and highly pleasing Victorian solid oak table clearly echos that sentiment.
Indications of quality abound this magnificent, handcrafted English Victorian 'Green Man' buffet.
With strong decorative appeal, this hugely exquisite buffet has a solid top over a moulded edge top, with an ornately carved frieze having two oak lined drawers raised atop reeded barley twist columns with twin undertiers surmounted atop bun feet.
A hugely fine, Victorian piece, crafted, 'Tiger Oak' and displaying exquisite, ornate carving detail to both its drawers and apron edges. With 'Green Man' drawer pulls.
Painted in a hand mixed shade of delicate delicate 'Gustavian Grey' - this being another of our 'perfect neutral ' tones - that have, in each instance been inspired by the varied hues of the magnificent dry stone walls that divide the breathtaking Derbyshire landscape, where we live.
A little further background on the 'Green Man'. Throughout England, as medieval buildings rose, men carved faces into wood and stone. These small fantastic little men, peeped out from the carved foliage. The faces, in the midst of leaves, have been named the Green Man. Who was this man? Scholars have yet to find the answer. Although the green man appeared in England in the 1100's, carved faces appeared throughout the Roman Empire.
Each medieval mason put their own spin on the faces, which exhibited all kinds of expressions and human feelings. Sometimes, they were friendly, other times, they were devilish. In some carvings, the vines and foliage grow out of the nose, eyes, mouth or ears of the men. He represented seasons or simply imaginary creatures.