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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 147


    CIRCA 1825

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1825
    Of large size, the foliate-carved raised back on a central waisted pedestal with cupboard door and reeded legs joined by a plinth
    136½ in. (346.5 cm.) wide; 36 in. (91.5 cm.) deep

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    Appropriate for the 'massy' display plate of George IV's Regency, the 'Fursden' sideboard-table is embellished in the Grecian manner with robust reeded ornament and its plinth-supported 'altar' pedestal is capped by a stepped cornice and Ionic-scrolled temple pediment. It was commissioned by George Sydenham Fursden (d. 1836) following his aggrandisement of the Banqueting Hall at Fursden House, Devon with the assistance of the architect James Green (d. 1849), Devon's County Surveyor. The architecture of its pillars also relates to that of a Roman candelabrum and table illustrated by Rudolph Ackermann (d. 1834) in The Repository of Arts, 1812. Here Ackermann noted that the candelabrum engraving had been admired 'for its simple elegance, and is expressly designed in conformity to that general taste for uniting plainness with elegance, which prevails amongst the genteel class of the British public'.

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    Rev. Edward Fursden, Fursden House, Cadbury, Devon, by repute.
    The Tayler family, Bishops Court, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter, Devon.