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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 95

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED CARD-TABLE

    CIRCA 1780, POSSIBLY BY SEDDON, SONS & SHACKLETON

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED CARD-TABLE
    CIRCA 1780, POSSIBLY BY SEDDON, SONS & SHACKLETON
    Crossbanded in rosewood and tulipwood, the top with a grisaille panel, enclosing a blue baize-lined playing-surface, on square tapering legs, previously with additional panels on the feet
    29 in. (74 cm.) high; 37 in. (94 cm.) wide; 18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) deep


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    This elliptic and hollow-cornered table-top pattern was introduced around 1780 and featured in Messrs. A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788 (pl. 66). Flower festooned furniture was also popularised around 1780s by the Mayfair botanical artist George Brookshaw (d. 1823) of Curzon Street and Great Marlborough Street, who served as Peintre-ébéniste to George, Prince of Wales, later George IV. A related flower-painted table of this form has been confidently attributed to the Long Acre firm, titled from 1790 as Seddon, Sons and Shackleton (C. Gilbert, 'Seddon, Sons & Shackleton', Furniture History, 1997, pp. 1-5, fig. 21).

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Bessborough, Bessborough, Ireland, and removed to Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire circa 1923; sold Sotheby's house sale, 5 October 1999, lot 30.
    The Michael Lipitch Collection, sold Christie's London, 9 October 2001, lot 86.