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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 669

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top with gadrooned edge inset with later Rouge de Maine marble, above a cavetto frieze with shells and foliage on a punched ground, above a shaped apron centred by a foliate cartouche, on cabriole legs headed by scrolled acanthus, on foliate-wrapped pad feet, later inner frame, some regessoing and refreshments to the gilding, particularly to the legs, the legs with traces of punching beneath the plain gilding, probably originally either with a marble top or cabinet
    21¼ in. (79.5 cm.) high; 36¾ in. (96.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep


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    A pair of gilt-gesso tables, one George I, the other of later date, close in design and with similar cavetto frieze carved with shells and foliage to the present lot, was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 1 June 2004, lot 56 (£28,680). Another similar George I gilt-gesso side table was sold by Mr and Mrs Rollason, Christie's, London, 3 July 1997, lot 182. The latter table was illustrated in G. W. Whiteman (ed.), 'Ludstone Hall, Claverley, Shropshire', The Antique Collector, London, December 1965-January 1966, p. 238, shown in situ in the Drawing-Room. Interestingly, both compararable examples have ornament covering the entire length of the legs. The present table's legs, which have had regessoing and refreshments to the gilding, may have originally had a greater amount of decoration.

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