• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    A GEORGE III SYCAMORE, BURR YEW AND KINGWOOD PEMBROKE TABLE

    IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW & INCE, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE III SYCAMORE, BURR YEW AND KINGWOOD PEMBROKE TABLE
    IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW & INCE, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular twin-flap top with a sliding panel concealing a rising compartment with pigeon holes and three shallow mahogany-lined drawers, above a mahogany-lined frieze drawer and two opposing false drawers, on square tapering legs with brass caps and leather castors
    28¼ in. (72 cm.) high; 42¾ in. (109 cm.) wide; 27¾ in. (70 cm.) deep


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    This multi-purpose table, with inlaid top concealing a rising 'harlequin' writing-desk 'cartonnier' nest-of-drawers, relates to a design by Thomas Sheraton (d.1806) in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793, plate LVI from Part III, and in the early 19th century the firm of George Seddon took out a patent for a related spring operated 'harlequin' fitment for a Pembroke table (A.Heal, London Furniture-Makers, 1953, p.260, fig.47.
    The use of yew wood as a large-scale veneer among London cabinet-makers appears to be peculiar to the Golden Square firm of Mayhew Ince as a large scale veneer and the ebonised decoration was also a characteristic of the firm's work.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY