23 April 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,750
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
A GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED SYCAMORE, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY PIER TABLE
LATE 18TH CENTURY
The bowfront top crossbanded in rosewood centred by a roundel enclosed by scrolling foliage, above a conforming frieze on square tapering legs joined by a shaped undertier on ball feet, incised 'III' and 'IIIIV', replacements to the feet
35¾ in. (90.5 cm.) high; 44 in. (112 cm.) wide; 16½ in. (42 cm.) deep
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This table, with its distinctive ormolu mounts combined with marquetry and on square tapering legs, forms part of a group related to a commode in the Lady Lever Art Gallery and discussed by Lucy Wood (op. cit., pp. 174-175). A pair of commodes formerly at Elvaston Castle, which was remodelled for the 3rd Earl of Harrington circa 1815, but not included in the Sotheby's 1963 sale of furniture, also form part of this unorthodox group. A pair of matching pier tables of identical form is in a private collection in North Wales.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 14 October 2004, lot 95.
L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p. 175, fig. 117.