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    Sale 2042

    Important English Furniture

    17 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 9

    A GEORGE I WALNUT TRIPLE-FOLD GAMES-TABLE

    CIRCA 1715

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE I WALNUT TRIPLE-FOLD GAMES-TABLE
    CIRCA 1715
    With a solid and a felt-lined gaming-surface, one side hinging to form a reading rest and revealing a fitted compartmented interior, single gateleg, the underside with applied ivorine label 'FROM LAW, FOULSHAM AND COLE, LTD. DEALERS IN ENGLISH ANTIQUES, 7 SOUTH MOULTON STREET'
    31 in. (79 cm.) high, 32¼ in. (82 cm.) wide, 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep


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    The ingenious window-pier bureau/games-table is designed in the George II 'antique' style of the 1730s. The shell badge of the nature-deity Venus is sculpted in bas-relief on a scalloped cartouche on the friezes serpentined and molded apron while Roman acanthus embellishes the Roman truss-scrolled pillar legs and their wave-voluted feet. Like its two concealed flaps, the hinged top has its Arcadian reed-moulded edge enwreathed by a golden fillet. The columnar-cornered top supported on a hinged back leg opens to reveal a baize-lined card-table while a second hinged leaf conceals a hinged book/music stand and fitted compartments.

    Related multi-purpose tables feature in the 1730s trade-sheet issued by the High Holborn cabinet-maker Thomas Potter, who in partnership with John Kelsey supplied furniture to Sir Richard Colt Hoare of Barn Elms in 1738 (C. Gilbert and T. Murdoch, John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture 1730-1760, London, 1993, p. 19).

    Provenance

    with Law, Foulsham and Cole, Ltd., 7 South Moulton Street, London (according to the label).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DECEASED'S ESTATE
    (LOTS 8-11)