• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC PEMBROKE TABLE AND LIBRARY STEPS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY METAMORPHIC PEMBROKE TABLE AND LIBRARY STEPS
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Inlaid overall with fruitwood and ebonised lines, the rounded rectangular hinged twin-flap top with a simulated frieze drawer to each end, enclosing a set of six tread mahogany library steps, with a removable serpentine later banister post, on square tapering legs, brass caps and later castors, the main step hinges replaced and repositioned
    42¾ in. (108.5 cm.) wide, open; 27½ in (70 cm.) high, closed; 49 in. (124.5 cm.) high, open; 33 in. (84 cm.) deep


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    The Pembroke table's construction and shaped steps incorporated in its hinged top correspond to that of other library-tables of the 1780's bearing the inscribed tablet of François Hervé, while established in Tottenham Court Road between 1783 and 1796 (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 265). A related 'harlequin' table pattern for 'Library Steps and Table' patented by Robert Campbell in 1774 was popularised by its publication in Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, issued in parts 1791-4 (Gilbert, op.cit., p. 34).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 13 November 1997, lot 53.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN