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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 211

    A GEORGE III POLYCHROME-DECORATED CENTRE TABLE

    BY GEORGE SIMSON, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III POLYCHROME-DECORATED CENTRE TABLE
    BY GEORGE SIMSON, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular moulded top centred by a roundel of Venus and Cupid on a red ground enclosed by a border of lilies and interlaced foliage and berries, above a patera and husk-swagged frieze, on square tapering legs, one end incised 'VIII', the decoration original, with printed maker's label 'GEORGE SIMSON, UPHOLDER, Cabinet Maker & Undertaker, No. 19 South Side of St Paul's Church Yard, London'
    28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high; 28½ in. (72.5 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) deep


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    The elegant white japanned table is embellished in Robert Adam's Roman Etruscan fashion in celebration of lyric poetry and appropriate for a bedroom apartment. 'Apollo' sunflowered patera wreath its frieze, which is festooned in beribboned laurels like the herm-tapered legs; while more laurels enwreath its Etruscan-red top, which displays a figurative medallion of 'Venus nurturing Cupid' in the fashion popularised by Angelica Kauffman (d.1810). In the late 1770s Kauffman provided such 'little pictures' to be executed in Matthew Boulton's 'copper' painting technique (see N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, London, 2002, p.269). The table bears the label adopted in 1787 by the St. Paul's Churchyard cabinet-maker George Simson (d.1840).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE LORD AND LADY ILIFFE OF BASILDON PARK
    (LOTS 211-212)


    Literature

    C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Leeds, 1996, fig. 847.