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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 143

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE

    FIRST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE
    FIRST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectanglar moulded top with re-entrant corners carved overall with strapwork, foliage and shells on a pounced ground, above a conforming frieze and shaped apron centred by a flowerhead, on cabriole legs headed by foliage and terminating in claw-and-ball feet, restorations to gesso and largely re-gilt
    29 in. (73.5 cm.) high; 32¾ in. (83 cm.) wide; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep


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    The pier-table top, richly modelled in bas-relief, comprises palm-flowers and an acanthus-flower framed within a flowered ribbon-scrolled mosaic in the Louis XIV antique manner. The fashion was popularised in the early 18th Century by the ornamental pattern-book or Oeuvres of 1712 issued by William III's 'architect' Daniel Marot (d.1752). 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). Among the most celebrated cabinet-makers working in this technique was James Moore (d.1726) of Short's Gardens, St. Giles-in-the-Fields.

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    Provenance

    Major-General Sir John (d.1946) and Lady Duncan (d.1960), Marchfield, Binfield, Berkshire and by descent.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 17 April 1997, lot 10.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 130-209)