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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 526

    A GEORGE IV ROSEWOOD TRAY-TOP TABLE

    CIRCA 1825, IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV ROSEWOOD TRAY-TOP TABLE
    CIRCA 1825, IN THE MANNER OF GILLOWS
    The sliding tray-top with moulded gallery with secret compartment beneath, on panelled trestle-end supports applied with roundels and with pierced scroll brackets, joined by a stretcher, on foliate scroll bracket feet and castors, with paper label inscribed in ink 'F.'
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 26¼ in. (66.5 cm.) wide; 18¼ in. (46 cm.) deep


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    This George IV table of 'Grecian' black-figured rosewood is designed in the French/antique manner, and fitted with a foot-rest stretcher intended to accompany a Drawing Room Grecian sofa. While relating to the late 18th Century 'Lady's work tables' or 'pouch' tables popularised by the engravings of Thomas Sheraton, it is designed in the more robust Grecian fashion introduced by George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808 (see pl. 70). Pearled libation paterae enrich its pilasters, whose stepped plinths are raised on palm-flowered trusses; while its sliding china-tray top, concealing a work-box compartment, has its rail arched and wave-scrolled at the corners and centres in 'Louis XIV' style. Its wave-scrolled gallery relates to a Gillows design made for Sir T.D. Hesketh on 23 August 1822 (S.E. Stuart, Gillows of London and Lancaster 1730-1840, Woodbridge, 2008, pp. 302-303, pls. 330-3).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Ciancimino, London.