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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 249

    A GEORGE IV BRASS-INLAID AND BRASS-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD GAMES AND WORK-TABLE

    CIRCA 1820

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    A GEORGE IV BRASS-INLAID AND BRASS-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD GAMES AND WORK-TABLE
    CIRCA 1820
    The shaped rectangular top with pierced brass gallery to each side and central sliding section enclosing a gilt-tooled red and fawn leather-lined draughts board, the underside of the top inlaid with a fruitwood and ebonised checquer board, above a mahogany-lined frieze drawer with original handles and compartments, with bone spool holders and cases and a yellow silk pin cushion, flanked by two short mahogany-lined frieze drawers with convex quarter-fillets, on twin lyre-shaped end supports linked by a rectangular platform, on scrolled downswept legs with foliate caps and castors, the underside inscribed in white chalk '24/L', previously fitted with a workbox under the central frieze drawer
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 30¼ in. (77 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep


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    This multi-purpose table, conceived in French/antique or Grecian fashion, relates to the 'Occasional Table' featured in Thomas Sheraton's, Cabinet Encyclopaedia (1804-6). It is executed in brass-inlaid and black-figured rosewood, while its plinth-supported 'Apollonian lyre' trestles are raised on Grecian-scrolled 'claws'. A dated 1822 design for a tray-top table by Gillows of London and Lancaster with similar lyre-shaped supports is illustrated in S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840, Suffolk, 2008, plate 330.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from John Keil Ltd., at Grovesnor House Fine Art & Antiques Fair, London, 12 June 1963.