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    Sale 1993

    Important English Furniture

    25 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 83

    A GEORGE II WALNUT AND NEEDLEWORK TRIPOD TABLE*

    CIRCA 1740

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II WALNUT AND NEEDLEWORK TRIPOD TABLE*
    CIRCA 1740
    The octagonal top covered with polychrome silk and wool petit point needlework of flowers and centered by a cartouche with a vase full of flowers, tilting above a turned baluster-form support and foliate-carved legs ending in booted feet
    28¼ in. (72 cm.) high, 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide, 35½ in. (90 cm.) deep


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    This form of naturalistically carved leg, often identified by the shoe-form foot, is associated with tables originating from the Isle of Man and is discussed in B. Cotton, Manx Traditional Furniture, Douglas, 1993.

    Thought to have been intended for use as games-tables, extant examples with needlepoint tops are quite rare due to their vulnerable surface. A related example with a needlepoint top depicting playing cards originally from Invercauld Castle, Aberdeenshire, was sold Sotheby's, London, 30 June 2004, lot 77. A further example was sold from the collection of Theodore and Ruth Baum, Sotheby's, New York, 22 October 2004, lot 404.

    Special Notice

    No sales tax is due on the purchase price of this lot if it is picked up or delivered in the State of New York.


    Provenance

    Bought from Louis Wine Ltd., Dublin in 1970.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property sold to benefit Rienzi Collection acquisitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    (LOTS 82-84)


    Literature

    The Connoisseur, June 1970 (advertisement by Louis Wine Ltd., Dublin).