Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.
I have had this table since October 2003 and it still looks great! It fits right in with antique couches, chairs, tables, lamps, clocks and rugs! Gorgeous piece. It is in the library and is used everyday. We play cards, board games and even snack when watching TV. We do use coasters for drinks and place mats for dishes but otherwise no special treatment. It has such character. If you like carved pieces and pieces you don't see in most homes - you will love this!