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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 186

    A GEORGE III HAREWOOD, YEWWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEMBROKE TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III HAREWOOD, YEWWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEMBROKE TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770
    The rectangular moulded twin-flap top with ebonised border inlaid with an oval enclosed by a pearled border and interlaced pearl strings, with conforming side flaps, one end with a mahogany and pine blue paper-lined drawer, inlaid with an oval and pearled swag, the reverse with conforming end-panel, on square tapering legs with brass caps and castors, the drawer previously with divisions and probably with a slide, later handles
    28¼ in. (72 cm.) high; 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide, open; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    The elegant bedroom apartment 'Pembroke' dressing-table, with herm-tapered legs , is designed in the George III 'French antique' fashion of the 1770s. The Roman-mosaiced top is inlaid with a pearled ribbon-guilloche wreathing a central marble-figured yew medallion. This is displayed in a hollow-cornered and diamond-parquetried 'tablet' of silken-figured harewood and is wreathed in Etruscan-vase manner with black pearls in a golden ribbon band. Similar pearl-festooned medallions embellish the hinged candle-falls and fitted dressing-drawer, which is concealed in one end and fitted with a silvery ring handle and oval 'patera' plate.

    Its yew veneer, as well as its Etruscan pearl-strings and black-japanned border were ornaments particularly favoured in the 1770s by the Soho cabinet-makers Messrs Mayhew and Ince (L.Wood, Catalogue of Commodes: The Lady Lever Art Gallery, London, 1994, no. 27).

    A pair of Pembroke tables of identical pattern was sold by Neil and Sharon Phillips, Christie's, New York, 25 April 2008, lot 68 ($51,400 with premium).

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