passed this table over on craigslist for a few days before it dawned on me what it was. A Necchi coronet table. The front pulls out to reveal itself as the back of the chair. I figured what the heck- I could paint it red. While I was fooling with it, I discovered that the faux carved warts had merely been tacked on, rather that glued, and I decided to refinish it.
Now, because I am an idiot, the after is in the next post.