Cocktail-party tidbit: Neoclassicism arose from first-hand observation and reproduction of antiquities, which dominated European architecture, fine art, sculpture, and decorative arts at the beginning of the 18th century. This gorgeous lightweight table, if it were an original piece from that period, would have featured a beautiful fine marble slab on the top, making the table both heavy and luxurious.
Where to use it: This charming table virtually begs to be used as a statement piece in an entryway. Its hand-painted scenes—birds, butterflies, and trees—make it a “less is more” piece: Hang a pair of diminutive sconces (we love these) and let the table shine.
Why we love it: Although beautiful, most Neoclassical tables were very formal and contained a restrained elegance. This table breaks the mold, making it extremely feminine and playful, thanks to the decorative imagery of wild birds on the apron and sides, butterflies on the candid corners, and lovely tulip swags running down the tapered straight legs.