• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 149

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD AND GONCALO ALVES METAMORPHIC PEMBROKE TABLE

    CIRCA 1770, IN THE MANNER OF INCE AND MAYHEW

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY, HAREWOOD AND GONCALO ALVES METAMORPHIC PEMBROKE TABLE
    CIRCA 1770, IN THE MANNER OF INCE AND MAYHEW
    The twin-flap top banded in goncalo alves, with rising central section enclosing two curved doors enclosing four deep pigeon-holes above two drawers, on square tapering legs with brass caps and leather castors, restorations to flaps
    28¾ in. (73 cm.) high; 42¼ in. (107 cm.) wide, open; 28 in. (71 cm.) deep
    rising section - 6 in. (15 cm.) high; 21½ in. (55 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep


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    This multi-purpose table, with inlaid top concealing a rising 'harlequin' writing-desk 'cartonnier' nest-of-drawers, relates to a dressing-table in the manner of Thomas Sheraton (d.1806) that was first displayed in the South Kensington Museum in 1866, and illustrated in colour in 1893 as the frontispiece to Frederick Litchfield's Illustrated History of Furniture (M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1982, U/11). Sheraton's name is also associated with a related satinwood-inlaid table that is labeled as having been 'presented by him to Richard William Penn, 1st Earl Howe' (Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 20 September 2001, lot 20). In the early 19th century, the firm of George Seddon took out a patent for a related spring operated 'harlequin' fitment for a Pembroke table (A. Heal, London Furniture-Makers, 1953 p.260, fig. 47).

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