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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 93

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE

    IN THE MANNER OF JAMES MOORE, CIRCA 1710

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    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO SIDE TABLE
    IN THE MANNER OF JAMES MOORE, CIRCA 1710
    The rectangular top centred by a cipher 'CWM' within a cartouche surmounted by a baron's coronet, within a scrolled strapwork and foliate border, on moulded square legs with foliate edges, joined by X-stretchers and with foliate feet, with chalk inscription to underside '145 2 Nov 166(?)', the underside gessoed, re-gilt
    30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 39½ in. (100 cm.) wide; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    The golden mosaic-compartmented table top is labelled with a Baron's coronet-ensigned 'CWM' cipher sculpted in bas-relief within a palm and laurel-enriched cartouche; while laurel-sprigged spandrel cartouches are incorporated in a fretted and filigreed ribbon border that reflects the Louis Quatorze Roman fashion associated with Jean Bérain.

    With its rectilinear frame comprising straight pilasters terminating in Bérainesque urn-shaped and foliated plinths, and crossed stretcher-ties providing a 'vase' plinth, it relates the pattern of pier-tables and lacquer-cabinet stands that were chosen for London's Montagu House, and have been attributed to the court cabinet-maker James Moore (d.1726). Moore's name labels one related cipher-enriched table, commissioned for George I; while another related table was formerly in the Collection of the Earls of Dudley (see T. Murdoch ed., Boughton House, London, 1992 pls. 26 and 80; and T. Murdoch, 'The King's cabinet-maker: the giltwood furniture of James Moore the Elder', Burlington Magazine, June 2003, pp.408-420, figs. 6 and 5; Sotheby's, London, 20 February, 1976 , lot 70). A similarly mosaiced and antique-stippled top appears on a table, bearing an HW cipher, that was formerly in the 20th century collection assembled by Lord Plender (see R.W. Symonds, Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, 1986, p.72).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 92-93)