• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 45


    CIRCA 1745

    Price Realised  

    CIRCA 1745
    With foliate-and-ribbon edge, later leather-lined playing surface above a sliding interior well, on acanthus and cabochon-carved cabriole legs ending in claw-and-ball feet, the hinges stamped TIBATS, the underside with M. Harris & Sons label
    29 in. (73.7 cm.) high, 36 in. (91.4 cm.) wide, 17¾ in. (45.1 cm.) deep

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    Many fine pieces of mid-18th Century case furniture, particularly card tables, have 'H.TIBATS' stamped on their concertina-action hinges. The stamp almost certainly refers to Hugh Tibbatts, 'hinge and sash fastening maker' of Bell Street Wolverhampton, listed in The Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Wallsall, Dudley, Bilston and Willenhall Directory, 1781. There appears to be no mention of Tibats or Tibbats (the spelling of the name varies) in the West Midlands area after 1781.
    The table was with the celebrated London dealers M. Harris & Son who established their business in 1868 and handled an impressive number of important objects as apparent in their undated series of Catalogues published in the 1930s.


    with M. Harris & Sons, London.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's New York, 22 April 1995, lot 348.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the following additional information for this lot:
    The pair to this table with virtually identical veneers formed part of the renowned collection of J. S. Sykes. The Sykes table is illustraed in Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, 1940, fig. 30, and R. W. Symonds, 'Eighteenth Century Mahogany Furniture illustrated iwth examples from the collection of Mr. J.S. Sykes', Apollo, November 1937,p. 72, fig. IX.


    M. Harris & Sons, A Catalogue and Index of Old Furniture and Works of Art, London, n.d. (circa 1930), p. 278, no. F22790.