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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    A GEORGE II WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE

    IN THE MANNER OF BENJAMIN CROOK, CIRCA 1740

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    A GEORGE II WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE
    IN THE MANNER OF BENJAMIN CROOK, CIRCA 1740
    The hinged, crossbanded and featherbanded top with a baize-lined playing-surface with four counter-wells, and with a conforming frieze on cabriole legs carved with rosettes, scrolls, shells and flower swags and with claw and ball feet to the front legs, both ears to front right leg replaced
    28½ in. (73 cm.) high; 32½ in. (83 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


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    This table, with its shaped top and shell-headed cabriole legs with claw-and-ball feet and with the same arrangement of cabriole and turned legs, is closely related to a walnut card-table by Benjamin Crook of St. Paul's Church Yard that was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 15 April 1999, lot 107 (£56,500). Benjamin Crook is recorded in St Paul's Churchyard from 1732-1748. The latter table had been in the collection of the distinguished furniture collector, Percival D. Griffiths, F.S.A., by 1924 and was sold by his Executors, Christie's, London, 10 May 1939, lot 202 (illustrated). It was also included in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1924-7, rev. ed., 1954, p. 155 (under Crook). A table with turned legs was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 27 November 2003, lot 49 (£16,730).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN