20 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 3,750
A HEAL'S LIMED OAK REFECTORY TABLE
DESIGNED BY PHILIP TILDEN AND AMBROSE HEAL, CIRCA 1922
The rectangular top on double-column end standards joined by a flat stretcher, on bracket feet, the metal brackets securing the top to the base stamped 'J.D. Beardmore & Co. Ltd. Cleveland St. London W.1.'
30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 72 in. (183 cm.) wide; 34 in. (86.5 cm.) deep
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This model of table was commissioned by Winston and Clementine Churchill and designed by Ambrose Heal with the architect, Philip Tilden, for their new home at Chartwell,Kent in 1922. Said to have had notable influence over the design, Clementine Churchilll favoured practicality above antiquity when furnishing Chartwell, evident particularly in her choice of Heal's modern designs for the new Tilden-designed dining-room. Heal's then marketed the side-table commercially.
VAT rate of 17.5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium.
Acquired from Osborn & Mercer, London.
S. Goodden, At the Sign of the Four Poster: A History of Heal's, London, 1984, p. 48