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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 630

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE

    CIRCA 1720, IN THE MANNER OF JAMES MOORE AND JOHN BELCHER

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    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE
    CIRCA 1720, IN THE MANNER OF JAMES MOORE AND JOHN BELCHER
    The rounded rectangular moulded top carved overall with geometric foliage centred by a cross-hatch roundel within a stiff-leaf border, on a pounced ground, above a concave frieze and shaped apron carved with foliage, scrolls, strapwork and centred by a scallop shell, on cabriole legs headed with foliate scrolls on pad feet, gilding refreshed
    28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high; 33½ in. (85 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep


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    This pier-table, richly modelled in bas-relief, comprises acanthus flowers framed within a flowered ribbon-scrolled mosaic in the Louis XIV 'antique' manner. It would originally have accompanied a mirror to form a bedroom apartment pier-set such as the silvered gesso table bearing the arms of Meller supplied by John Belchier (d.1753) in 1723 for Erddig, Wales (R. Edwards and M. Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-Makers, London, rev. ed., 1955, p.137, fig 31). A very closely related table, displaying the same distinctive Gothic-cusped ogee panels to the legs and scallop-shell pendant apron, presumably executed in the same workshop, is likely to have formed part of the furnishings introduced by Harbord Copley (d. 1742) at Gunton Park, Norfolk following his inheritance of the estate in 1710 (sold Irelands, Gunton Park sale 16-26 September 1980, Lot 1958).

    Similar patterned tops feature on a pair of pier-tables at Blair Castle, Scotland (A. Coleridge, 'William Masters and some early 18th Century furniture at Blair Castle, Scotland', The Connoisseur, October 1963, p.78, fig 2).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Mallett, London