• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    A GEORGE II WALNUT DRESSING-TABLE OR 'LOWBOY'

    CIRCA 1730

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    A GEORGE II WALNUT DRESSING-TABLE OR 'LOWBOY'
    CIRCA 1730
    The rectangular moulded quarter-veneered cross and feather-banded top above one long cross and feather-banded drawer and three conforming drawers around a shaped arch, on cabriole legs carved with husks and flanked by scrolls, the metalwork apparently original
    28¾ in. (73 cm.) high; 31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep


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    Adam Bowett has suggested that the ovolo-moulded drawers on this dressing-table suggest a date after 1730 (Bowett, op. cit.).

    Harold Foot was an antique dealer who occupied 36 High Street, Oxford from 1938-1940. Mr. Foot sometimes labelled the items that he sold, including a card-table from the collection of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott, sold Christie's, New York, 31 January 1981, lot 389 and another sold by the late Mrs M.B. Casey, Christie's, London, 14 November 1991, lot 136. An early Georgian burr and figured-walnut tallboy, belonging to a descendant of Mr. Foot, and formerly in his private collection, was sold at Christie's, London on 6 April 1995, lot 265 (£77,000).

    A George II burr-walnut card-table formerly belonging to Harold Foot, was sold from the first Parry Collection, Christie's, London, 21 April 1997, lot 272 (£27,600).

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    Provenance

    Harold C. Foot, Esq., 36 High Street, Oxford and by descent to
    his daughter by whom sold at Phillip's, Oxford, 1991.


    Saleroom Notice

    A wing armchair featuring the same leg design was with Mallett and illustrated in their catalogue, 1995, p.19


    Literature

    A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, Woodbridge, p. 240, fig. 5:74