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    Sale 5969

    A West Country Tradition - Avon Antiques, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire

    21 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 231

    A GEORGE III ROSEWOOD, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE CARD-TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III ROSEWOOD, SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE CARD-TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The hinged top crossbanded in tulipwood and inlaid with a central oval surrounded by ribbon-tied berried ivy sprays opening to a green baize- lined interior, above a draped urn, on square tapering legs and block feet, with two printed paper labels 'RECEIVED WITH THANKS MALLETT & SON 12 AUG. 1935' and 'MALLETT & SON ANTIQUE DEALERS THE OCTAGON, BATH' inscribed in ink 'Frank Trigwell, 40 .... Scarborough'
    28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high; 38½ in. (97.5 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) deep, closed; 35 in. (89 cm.) deep, open


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    This Drawing Room window-pier table, with card-table concealed beneath its hinged top, reflects the elegant George III Roman style of the 1770s and is flower-inlaid in the French manner. Its plinth-supported and herm-tapered legs are capped by tablets of trompe l'oeil flutes, and evoke sacrificial tripod pilasters, while an Homeric veil-draped urn labels its projecting frieze tablet and recalls the Etruscan Columbarium (vase-chamber) style, as promoted by the architects Robert Adam (d.1792) and James Wyatt (d.1813). Related veil-draped urn motifs featured on a pier-commode table that has been attributed to the Golden Square firm of Mayhew and Ince and to a table in the Gillow 1784 Estimate Sketch Book (see L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes: The Lady Lever Art Gallery, London, 1994, fig. 214; and L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800 Royston, 1995, fig. 9).

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    Provenance

    Bought from Mallett, Bath, in 1935 by Frank Trigwell, Scarborough.