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    Sale 5929

    The Sunday Sale - Property of the Late Monty Lewis, removed from Hyver Manor & Property of the Late Dr. William Lindsaygordon

    29 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 57

    A GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLE

    IN THE MANNER OF WILLIAM KENT, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLE
    IN THE MANNER OF WILLIAM KENT, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The canted Swedish green marble top above a Vitruvian-scroll carved frieze and an acanthus carved apron with oak leaf swags centred by a shell, on acanthus-headed and fish-scale carved legs terminating in square cushioned feet, the back rail stamped '16052,' the marble with a label inscribed 'MAPLE/31/8/36'
    31¾ in. (80.6 cm.) high, 61½ in. (156.2 cm) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep


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    The marble-topped table is designed in the George II Roman fashion promoted by the Rome-trained artist William Kent (d.1748) and inspired by Ovids Metamorphoses or Loves of the Gods. The triumph of the Nature deity Venus is evoked by an oak-festooned Venus shell tied by a wave-scrolled ribbon to truss-scrolled pilasters bearing dolphin scale imbrications. The pattern, invented around 1730 for Houghton Hall, Norfolk was popularised by inclusion in Margaret Jourdains, The Work of William Kent, 1948 (fig. 138). Jourdain adopted the pen-name of Lenygon, following her employment in 1911 as art correspondent for the London decorators and cabinet-makers Messrs Lenygon & Morant, at a time that they were refurbishing a number of houses, where Kent had been employed. It is possible that this table is one of their manufactures.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Maple & Co., London, 31 August 1936.