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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 313

    A GEORGE IV ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT WRITING-TABLE

    BY FREEMANS, NORWICH, CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT WRITING-TABLE
    BY FREEMANS, NORWICH, CIRCA 1820
    The gilt-tooled green leather-lined rectangular top above a foliate-carved frieze, fitted to each end with a mahogany-lined drawer with convex quarter-fillets, on scrolled trestle supports joined by a turned baluster stretcher and terminating in scrolled foliate feet with brass castors, one drawer stencilled 'FROM FREEMANS MANUFACTORY ST ANDREWS NORWICH
    28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high; 54 in. (137 cm.) wide; 26¾ in. (68 cm.) deep


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    The present writing-table was executed by the celebrated Norwich firm of carvers and gilders established by Jeremiah Freeman (d.1823) and William Freeman (d.1839). Its style relates to that adopted by the firm in the 1820's for furniture supplied to Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall, Norfolk, while their St. Andrews' stencil has been recorded on an antique table bearing the painted date 1833 (see Christie's, London, 12 June 2003, lot 1110).
    The palm-wreathed Library sofa-table is designed in the robust 'antique' fashion with its pilasters richly sculpted in bas relief with golden Apollonian palms issuing from waved volutes of lyre-scrolled and acanthus-enriched reeds. Its architecture relates to that of a table illustrated in R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1822.

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