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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 689

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY, SABICU AND MARQUETRY SERVING-TABLE

    POSSIBLY BY MAYHEW & INCE OR THOMAS CHIPPENDALE CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY, SABICU AND MARQUETRY SERVING-TABLE
    POSSIBLY BY MAYHEW & INCE OR THOMAS CHIPPENDALE CIRCA 1770
    The rectangular crossbanded top inlaid with chevron banding, above a frieze inlaid with an oval patera hung with swags, on square tapering legs headed by paterae, on squared ogee feet, veneered on the reverse
    35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 72 in. (183 cm.) wide; 29½ in. (75 cm.) deep


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    The sideboard-table is designed in the George III 'antique' fashion, with herm-tapered legs on sarcophagus-scrolled plinths, and an inlaid frieze displaying a golden laurel-festooned and sunflowered libation-patera. The same patterned inlay features on a dressing-table, that was reputed to have been presented by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV to the Comte d'Artois (Colonel H.H. Mulliner, The Decorative Arts of England, 1660-1780, nd., fig. 25). The latter, which has the same patterned legs, features other inlay that corresponds to a pattern adopted for tables that Thomas Chippendale is likely to have supplied to Sir Edward Knatchbull (d. 1789) for Mersham-le-Hatch (sold by the Knatchbull Family, Christie’, London, 4 July 1991, lot 61).
    Furthermore, its design also relates to furniture supplied in the 1780s for Thomas Rumbold, 1st Bt., for Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire. Woodhall was designed by Thomas Leverton who may have been instrumental in helping furnish Woodhall and securing the services of the Golden Square cabinet-making firm of, Mayhew and Ince, famed authors of the Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762. A related pair of tables, also veneered on all sides and with the same exotic sabicu on its frieze and legs but with Spanish brocatelle marble tops, was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 7 June 2007, lot 9 (£156,000).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN