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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    A GEORGE IV ROSEWOOD AND EBONY WRITING-TABLE

    CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

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    A GEORGE IV ROSEWOOD AND EBONY WRITING-TABLE
    CIRCA 1820
    The canted rectangular top above a plain frieze enclosing a pair of mahogany-lined drawers, on panelled spreading square supports joined by a faceted baluster stretcher, each pedestal with a square panelled plinth and square panelled feet with partly-sunk brass castors, the underside of one drawer inscribed in blue chalk 'Gashion 58'
    29 in. (73.5 cm.) high; 71¾ in. (182 cm.) wide; 27½ in. (70 cm.) deep


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    The library sofa writing-table, featuring Grecian Egyptian elements is conceived in the French antique fashion promoted by the connoisseur Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. Grecian-black Egyptian reeds band its cut-cornered tablet of marbled and black-figured rosewood, as well as the castor-concealing plinths of its sloped 'altar' pillars. The latter's form relates, for instance, to a Hope pedestal pattern, but lacks the latter's sculpted tripod element of 'Apollo' griffin (ibid., pl. 24). Its robust form typifies the Tenterden Street furniture manufactured by the Liverpool and London cabinet-maker George Bullock (d. 1818), one of whose 'Egyptian' furnishing patterns would appear to be that later published in December 1822 in Rudolph Ackermann's Repository of Arts (pl. 129).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN