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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 228

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY POLESCREEN

    CIRCA 1730

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    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY POLESCREEN
    CIRCA 1730
    The rectangular banner with a polychrome leather panel of birds among foliage on a gilt ground, on a naturalistic knurled stem and tripod base, the finial replaced, the leather panel probably original
    59 in. (150 cm.) high; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) wide


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    Eccentric designs for garden furniture published by Edwards and Darley in 1754 are illustrated in Peter Ward-Jackson, English Furniture Designs for the Eighteenth Century, 1958, pls. 133 and 134. Similar 'rustic' or picturesque patterns were published by Robert Manwaring (op. cit., pl 177), whilst a group in Ideas for Rustic Furniture, published by I. & J. Taylor, circa 1790-95 is perhaps the closest in character to this polescreen (Morrison Heckscher, 'Eighteenth Century Rustic Furniture Designs', F.H.S.J., 1975, pp. 61-62).

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    Provenance

    David Style, Esq., Wateringbury Place, Maidstone, Kent; sold Christie's house sale, 31 May - 2 June 1978, lot 238.
    With Phillips & Harris.
    Acquired from Christopher Gibbs, 28 November 1978.