• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEMBROKE TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES ELLIOTT, CIRCA 1770

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    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEMBROKE TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES ELLIOTT, CIRCA 1770
    The rounded rectangular kingwood crossbanded twin-flap top centred by foliate oval medallion within a border scrolling vine and quatrefoils above a frieze drawer on square tapering legs with brass caps and castors
    28¼ in. (72 cm.) high; 38 in. (97 cm.) wide; 30 in. (76 cm.) deep


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    The George III Pembroke table's flower-inlaid medallion of Roman foliage relates to a pattern featured is Messrs A.Hepplewhite & Co.'s Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, pl.63, and evolved from the Apollonian sunflower trophy popularised by Robert Wood's 1753 publication of the sun-and poetry deity's Palmyreen temple. Its tablet border is wreathed by a flowered ribbon-guilloche, whose scrolls reflect the ornamental borders of Etruscan vases later considered appropriate for Roman columbarium (vase-chamber) reception dressing-rooms popularised from the mid-1770s by The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam. The court Japanner Henry Clay of Covent Garden for instance introduced a similar border on an early 1770s Pembroke table supplied for Osterley, Middlesex (M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1982, J/5). As became popular in the 1780s, this table was supplied en suite with a pair of elliptic window-pier tables, concealing card-tables beneath folding tops (sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 17 October 2003, lot 169 ($10,158)). On account of its close relationship to an elliptic and flower-marquetried pier table supplied in 1784 for Langley's, Essex, it can be attributed to the court cabinet-maker Charles Elliott, who traded from New Bond Street from the early 1780s until 1806 (E.T. Joy, 'Charles Elliott, Royal Cabinet-maker', Connoisseur, June 1959, p. 36, fig. 5).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY