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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 215

    A GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY TWO-TIER TRIPOD DUMBWAITER

    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY IRISH

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY TWO-TIER TRIPOD DUMBWAITER
    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY IRISH
    With column supports, both circular tiers with pierced galleries, on a baluster shaft with cabriole legs, pad feet and brass castors
    40¾ in. (103.5 cm.) high; 23¾ in. (60.5 cm.) diameter


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    Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803, featured a related patten for this useful piece of furniture, entitled a 'dumb waiter' as it served 'in some respects in place of a waiter'. Dumb waiters of this pattern were commissioned by George Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll (d.1835), following his succession as Chief of the Clan Campbell in 1806 (see John C. Rogers, English Furniture, rev. ed., London, 1959, p. 239, fig. 197). They were supplied for Inveraray Castle as part of a set of four designed for the banqueting room and executed en suite with two sideboard tables, four pier tables, a pier commode table and a banqueting table. The suite is attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and the pier tables relate to tables which the firm supplied to Tatton Park, Cheshire, and Shugborough, Staffordshire. Two of the set of four dumb-waiters remain at Inveraray Castle (see J. Cornforth and G. Hughes-Hartman, Inveraray Castle, Derby, 1994, pp. 3-6, and A. Coleridge, English Furniture in the Duke of Argyll's Collection at Inveraray Castle, Connoisseur, May 1965, pp. 154-161, figs. 5 and 6).

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