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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND PARQUETRY CARD-TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO HENRY HILL OF MARLBOROUGH, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND PARQUETRY CARD-TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO HENRY HILL OF MARLBOROUGH, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular hinged top with specimen-lozenge inlay and green baize-lined interior above a frieze, on square tapering legs with square collars to the feet
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 36 in. (92 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (45 cm.) deep


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    The lozenge parquetry design of this serpentine top is characteristic of the work of Henry Hill of Marlborough (1741-1777). Hill courted many significant West Country clients, including the Duke of Somerset at Maiden Bradley, the Earl of Radnor at Longford Castle and Lord Methuen at Corsham Court, Wiltshire. Included in the furniture Hill supplied to Paul Methuen in the 1760's and 1770's are two mahogany Pembroke tables whose tops display similar large-scale lozenge parquetry (L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, pp. 67-68, figs. 48-49). Another local house, Littlecote, also contains a supper table and a card table attributed to Hill, each displaying this characteristic surface pattern (ibid., p. 69, figs. 51-52).
    A pier table, possibly supplied by Mayhew and Ince to the Earl of Kerry circa 1770 for his residence at Portman Square, which features a diagonally-veneered top reminscent of the current lot's parquetry design, is now in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside (C. Cator, 'The Earl of Kerry and Mayhew and Ince - The Idlest Ostentation', Furniture History Society Journal, Vol. XXVI, 1990, fig. 2). A tripod table, attributed to Mayhew and Ince, featuring a tilt-top patterned with Chinese paling was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lot 41 (£69,600).

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