• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 405

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE
    CIRCA 1750
    The scalloped circular top with a molded edge above a birdcage and an acanthus-carved baluster standard, on acanthus and C-scroll carved cabriole legs ending in hairy paw feet, inscribed in yellow chalk '6368' to the underside
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high, 32 in. (81.5 cm.) diameter


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    This tripod table once formed part of the collection of the celebrated Philadelphia connoisseur Henry McIlhenny. Henry McIlhenny's distinguished career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art spanned over five decades where he served first as Curator of Decorative Arts (1935-1964), then as Trustee, and ultimately, as Chairman of the Board. His scholarly acumen and astute eye allowed him to assemble a magnificent collection of fine and decorative arts at his home in Rittenhouse Square and his castle at Glenveagh, Country Donegal. Rittenhouse Square displayed what John Richardson called 'the best private collection of its kind in the country' of French paintings from the Romantics to post-Impressionism. The home was decorated by Denning and Fourcade in the early 1970s. While much of his collection of fine and decorative arts were bequeathed to the Philadelphia Museum upon his death, Christie's was honored to sell many fine examples from his collection in our sale of 20-21 May 1987, which included this table.

    Provenance

    The Collection of Henry P. McIlhenny, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; Christie's, New York, 20-21 May 1987, lot 301.
    With Hyde Park Antiques, New York, in 1987.