• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 395

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY THREE-PEDESTAL DINING-TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY THREE-PEDESTAL DINING-TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rounded rectangular top above baluster shafts and a quadripartite base with brass caps and castors, the platforms in ash, restorations to one shaft, the catch-handles moved slightly, with eight brass clips
    27½ in. (70 cm.) high; 116 in. (295 cm.) long; 54¼ in. (138 cm.) deep


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    RALPH MOLLER
    This dining-table was formerly in the renowned collection formed by the English furniture collector and racehorse owner Ralph Moller. Born in Shanghai to a Scandinavian ship-owning family that had settled in the Far East in the 19th century, Ralph Moller moved to England following the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in 1941. Like his brother Eric, Ralph Moller formed his superb collection of furniture at White Lodge, near Newmarket, under the almost mythical guidance of R. W. Symonds. Both of the Moller brothers' collections formed the basis of Symonds' Furniture Making in 17th and 18th Century England and constituted an invaluable document in the history of collecting. He is therefore to be seen alongside the other pioneering figures of English furniture collecting who were advised by Symonds, such as Percival Griffiths, J.S. Sykes, Jim Joel and Samuel Messer. When finding furniture for his clients, Symonds laid particular emphasis on original patination, a well-balanced design and good qu ality carving and timber. Unlike many collectors today where the prove nance is paramount, Symonds' primary concern was that the piece stood on its own merits, with or without an illustrious background.

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    Provenance

    The Moller Collection, Sotheby's, London, 18 November 1993, lot 124.