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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 66

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LIBRARY TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LIBRARY TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rounded rectangular top lined with green leather with double-hinged ratcheted reading slope above a panelled drawer with flap enclosing six pigeon-holes and two mahogany-lined drawers above three drawers on each pedestal, the other side with simulated panelled drawer above a panelled door enclosing a shelf in each pedestal, on moulded bracket feet and centrally-located ceramic castors, between stop-fluted columns, the handles replaced
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 53½ in. (136 cm.) wide; 33½ in. (85 cm.) deep


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    The desk, with end tablets framed in French fashion with hollow-cornered reeds, relates to a 1759 'Library Table' pattern in Thomas Chippendale's, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 3rd ed. 1762; but the latter's flowers are replaced by the later form of Grecian pearled paterae. Its columnar-corners also have elegant urn-capped and antique-fluted pillars that reflect the Pompeian fashion as popularised by M. Lock's, New Book of Pier Frames, 1769; and later adopted in the mid-1770s for a 'commode' chest-of-drawers supplied for Burley-on-the Hill, Rutland (R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed., 1954, vol. II, p. 52, fig. 56).

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    Provenance

    M. Harris and Son, 44/52 New Oxford Street, London, WC1, 1967.


    Literature

    'Centenary Celebration Catalogue, 1868-1968', M. Harris and Son, p.95