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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 245


    CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1775
    The circular leather-lined top fitted with eight mahogany-lined drawers in the frieze, the bottom edge carved with entrelac, on a tapering fluted shaft and panelled cabriole tripod base with scrolled feet, labelled 'ANTIQUE FURNITURE FROM NORMAN ADAMS LTD. 8-10 HANS ROAD, LONDON, S.W.3.', probably originally without handles, the locks later
    30½ in. (77 cm.) high; 37½ in. (95 cm.) diameter

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    This rare Library table, with antique-fluted pillar raised on a palm-wrapped tripod 'claw', is extremely advanced stylistically. In the profile of the leg, it recalls the full-size working drawings almost certainly supplied by Thomas Chippendale for provincial craftsmen to use at Harewood circa 1774 (see lot 270). The 'palm' leaf carving to the tripod also recalls the series of Library tripod tables supplied under Henry Holland's direction, possibly by Mayhew and Ince, to both Woburn Abbey and Southill, Bedfordshire in the late 1780s.

    It is exceptionally unusual at this date to have a Library 'drum' table supported upon a tripod (or quadripartite) base, as opposed to being supported upon a solid central plinth. As such, this table appears to be a prototype for the later patterns of 'altar-drum' writing-tables such as those illustrated in Gillows' Estimate Sketch Books of 1795 or Thomas Sheraton's, Encyclopaedia, 1804 (pl.37). A related tripod drum table was sold by James, Viscount Ullswater, P.C., G.C.B. (1855-1949), The High House, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, Garrard, Turner & Son's house sale, 24-31 October 1949, lot 1170.

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    With Norman Adams.
    Acquired from Hotspur, 14 March 1995.