• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, MARQUETRY, CREAM-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE TABLE

    CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SATINWOOD, MARQUETRY, CREAM-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT SIDE TABLE
    CIRCA 1775
    The top with inlaid bellflower and acanthus leaves above an anthemion-carved frieze with griffon-carved tablet on leaf-carved tapering reeded legs, inscribed in paint A9430, the frieze previously gilt
    33 in. (84 cm.) high, 59½ in. (151 cm.) wide, 29¾ in. (73 cm.) deep


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    The table, intended as a window-pier companion for a candelabra-reflecting mirror, is designed in the Roman fashion popularized by George III's Rome-trained court architect Robert Adam; and serves to evoke the Mount Parnassus poetic triumph of the light-deity Apollo. Grecian palms crown its elliptic and Etruscan pearl-wreathed frieze and ribbon-tied bas-relief tablet, which is labeled by a sacred urn guarded by the deitys chimerical griffin as featured in The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam (2nd ed., 1779). Its golden satinwood top is inlaid with an altar issuing from poetic laurel-festooned scrolls of Roman acanthus in the fashion popularized by fashionable cabinet-makers such as Messrs. Mayhew and Ince.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 34)