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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 175

    A GEORGE II GRAINED SIDE TABLE

    CIRCA 1740

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    A GEORGE II GRAINED SIDE TABLE
    CIRCA 1740
    With an associated Porta Santa Rara marble top, above a frieze carved with key-pattern, centred by a double shell and edged with egg-and-dart and ribbon-and-rosette ornament, on cabriole legs carved with acanthus and scroll feet, inscribed in pencil 'Newton' and 'Wm Newton Richmond 1826 3', the front rail with crossed out inscription 'This dining room was painted by JS Newton August 1 1826', formerly grey-painted and with traces of earlier layers of decoration, the grained 'scumble' glaze probably circa 1840, the tapering 1½ in. block beneath the scroll foot later
    30½ in. (78 cm.) high; 67½ in. (172 cm.) wide; 36 in. (92 cm.) deep


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    This sideboard-table is designed in the George II Roman fashion with its marble top supported on a richly carved frame. Beneath an echinous-moulded cornice, its frieze is enwreathed by a ribbon-fret that ties a lambrequined cartouche of a triumphal Venus shell badge; while Roman foliage issues from the waved and shell-enriched volutes of its truss-scrolled legs. Its antique fret pattern featured in a 1739 pattern for Decorations for Cabinet-works published the following year in B. Langley's The City and Country Builders and Workmans Treasury of Designs, 1740 (pl.98); while the basic table pattern also featured in 1739 in William Jones' Gentleman or Builders Companion, (pl.29). Its luxuriant foliage relates to the fashion promoted by the Italian artist Gaetano Brunetti's Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments, 1736, and adopted by the court architects William Kent and John Vardy (see the frontispiece of J. Vardy's, Some Designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. William Kent, 1744). The present table's leg pattern, lacking the reed-gardrooned borders, as well as the same frieze borders of pearled reeds and flowered ribbon-guilloches feature on the marble-topped table thought to have been supplied to Thomas, 2nd Viscount Weymouth and inventoried in 1740 at Longleat, Wiltshire. It was described as 'a Fine Egyptian Marble Table with Gold Veins standing on a rich Carved & Gilt Frame' (sold by the Marquess of Bath from Longleat, Christie's London, 13 & 14 June 2002, lot 337).

    Rudding Park was built for the Hon. William Gordon and works began in 1807, possibly by Lewis Wyatt. In 1824 it was purchased unfinished by John Radcliffe and completed in 1825 by R. D. Chantrell. Rudding remained in the Radcliffe family until the Christie's house sale in 1972. The sale included a further marble-topped table from the Dining Room as the previous lot (lot 152) which displays a very similar double scallop-shell to the apron - perhaps suggesting that both were executed in the same workshop.

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    Provenance

    Sir Everard Radcliffe, Bt., Rudding Park, Yorkshire; sold Christie's house sale, 16-17 October 1972, lot 153.


    Literature

    C. Hussey, English Country Houses Late Georgian 1800-1840, Glasgow, 1958, fig.143 (illustrated in situ in the Dining Room).