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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 516


    CIRCA 1755

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1755
    The rectangular top with adjustable slope and book-rest on an ebony easel, on a baluster shaft and tripod base with moulded pad feet and castors, previously with extending brass candlearms, the book-rest previously with small brass arms for holding open the pages of a book
    30 in. (76 cm.) high; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) wide; 18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) deep

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    This hinge-topped table, with vase-baluster pillar and tripod feet, was described in the mid-18th Century as a 'Reading and Music Desk' (Ince and Mayhew, Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762). A related table or 'reading desk' on 'pillar and Claw' was invoiced in 1769 by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779), when supplied for Nostell Priory, Yorkshire (see J. Hardy, 'Sir Rowland Winn's Music Desk', Furniture History, 1997, pp. 134-5, fig. 1).

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    An Inventory of the Household Furniture now in Tissington Hall May of 30th 1775 - possibly Hall Stair Case and Little Hall, 'A Mahogany tea table square top & Claw stand'
    G. Jackson-Stops, 'Tissington Hall, Derbyshire - III', Country Life, 29 July 1976, p. 289, fig. 11