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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 188

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY PARTNER'S WRITING-TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY PARTNER'S WRITING-TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Crossbanded overall in rosewood, the rounded rectangular top inlaid with a gilt-tooled green leather writing-surface, above a frieze drawer flanked by a pair of drawers, the reverse with conforming drawer arrangement with simulated lower drawers, on square tapering legs with brass caps and castors, the handles replaced, the reverse frieze drawer stamped 'T. WILLSON 68 GREAT QUEEN STREET LONDON'
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 54¾ in. (139 cm.) wide; 32¼ in. (82 cm.) deep


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    Thomas Willson was a retailer who traded from 68 Great Queen Street between 1821-1829. He may also be the auctioneer Thomas Wilson (sic), recorded at 28 Little Queen Street from 1799-1825 (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 56). Acting principally as a dealer in second-hand furniture, Thomas Willson identified his stock with a stamp. There are other examples of furniture retailed by T. Willson which date to the late 18th century, such as a George III mahogany sideboard bearing an identical stamp, sold anonymously, Christie's, South Kensington, 28 July 1999, lot 233.
    From 1830 to 1837 the business was then continued by Mary Willson & Son (Mary was possibly Thomas's wife) and later by another relative, Mathew Willson until 1854.

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    Provenance

    Retailed by T. Wilson between 1821-1829.