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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part I

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 365

    A HENRY VIII OAK COUNTER TABLE

    CIRCA 1540

    Price Realised  

    A HENRY VIII OAK COUNTER TABLE
    CIRCA 1540
    With triple carved parchemin-type panels, the reverse channel-moulded and with a single panel, the top previously sliding but an early adaptation to hinged
    29 in. (73.5 cm.) high; 38½ in. (98 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep


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    A 'counter' table is the name given to a table which originally had the top marked out for calculating accounts (with lines and squares) and whose top slid open, allowing the coins that had been counted to be swept into the interior. It is common to find these tables have had their lids hinged (as here) or replaced.
    A related counter table is illustrated in Wolsey and Luff Furniture in England, The Age of the Joiner, London, 1968, plate 122; and another in Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1954, Vol ii, pg. 147, fig.3, which was sold in The Peter Gwynn Collection, Sotheby's, 27 November 2001, Lot 32. More recently a similar chest sold in 'The Property of H.W.Keil of Broadway' Christie's, 13 March 2007, Lot 18.

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