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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    A JAMAICAN SATINWOOD, ROSEWOOD AND SPECIMEN WOOD GAMES TABLE

    BY RALPH TURNBULL, KINGSTON, JAMAICA, JANUARY 30TH 1835

    Price Realised  

    A JAMAICAN SATINWOOD, ROSEWOOD AND SPECIMEN WOOD GAMES TABLE
    BY RALPH TURNBULL, KINGSTON, JAMAICA, JANUARY 30TH 1835
    The removable top inlaid to the underside with a chess board, opening to reveal specimen wood backgammon board tray with a specimen wood panel below with its corresponding key describing each specimen wood, key inscribed 'Reference to a chess table, Ralph Turnbull, Kingston, Jamaica, January 30th 1835', including various games pieces, the frieze with two drawers above a facetted column on outspread legs
    31 in. (78.8 cm.) high; 34¾ in. (88 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) deep


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    The Drawing Room sofa-table conceals games-boards beneath its reversible central slide, which displays a Roman mosaic of fine Jamaican woods in lozenged compartments. With its plinth-supported altar-pillar raised on Grecian-scrolled and palm-flowered trusses, it reflects the William IV French/antique fashion popularised by John C. Loudons, Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture, 1833. The plan identifying its parquetried woods is dated 1835 and bears the inscription of the celebrated Kingston cabinet-maker Ralph Turnbull (fl. 1820-1840) of Harbour Street, who received a Premium from the Jamaican House of Assembly for his timber research in 1834. At the same time he was patronised by William IV’s Governor of Jamaica, the Marquis of Sligo of Westport House, Ireland (P. Carson, 'Jamaican Regency Furniture 1815-1840', The Jamaican, December 1999, pp.74-75). There is a similar games-table, also incorporating woods from the Sligo estates in Jamaica, at Westport House (M. Girouard, 'Westport House, Co. Mayo, Ireland', Country Life, 6 May 1965, pp.1074-1077).

    Jamaica was central to Sir John Gladstone's business, and he acquired large sugar plantations on the Island. As with the many other parts of the world where he did business, works of art and furniture from those places entered his magnificent collection.

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    Literature

    1851 Inventory, Bow Drawing Room, 'Chess table with men & c. - £3.10.0'