Tables which are decorated to one side, in this instance through the use of a 'twin-panelled' frieze, are sometimes called 'altar tables'. They were conceived to stand against a wall or for use at an altar.
Attractive. Old age cracks and wood filler to the top. The top is detachable to the base. Typical old marks and scatches. Evidence of old worm. Possibly later 19th century stain and polish. Old marks, chips and scratches consistent with age and use. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."