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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 343

    A GEORGE IV MAHOGANY TRAY-TOP WORK-TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1822

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV MAHOGANY TRAY-TOP WORK-TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, CIRCA 1822
    The rectangular top with a low waved gallery, two mahogany-lined end drawers and a sliding frame for a work basket, above lyre-shaped end supports joined by a dished tray and with scrolled acanthus legs with similar feet and inset brass castors
    29 in. (74 cm.) high; 27 in. (69 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep


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    Gillows' design for a mahogany tray top working table made for Sir T.D.Hesketh was drawn on 23 August 1822, the cost of the table at the time £8.13s.2½d plus 10s. for the finish. The form was evidently popular as related designs spanned a 31 year period from 1820, when the table was described as a 'French work table', until 1851. A very closely related table in rosewood is illustrated in Susan Stuart, Gillows of London and Lancaster 1730-1840, Woodbridge, 2008, vol.I, pl.332, p.303. The latter, like the present lot, has a bag slide but no trace of a bag ever having been fitted, and while in 1822 Sir T.D.Hesketh ordered a pink silk bag, it seems that other customers preferred to make their own bag.
    An almost identical table was sold Sotheby's, London, 22 April 2004, lot 99.

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    Provenance

    Stair & Co, where bought by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR (LOTS 336 - 346)