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    Sale 2154

    Important English Furniture, Clocks and Ceramics

    7 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    A LARGE GEORGE III MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE SIDEBOARD

    POSSIBLY BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1785-90

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE GEORGE III MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE SIDEBOARD
    POSSIBLY BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1785-90
    Line-inlaid and crossbanded overall, the top above an urn and garland- carved tablet to the frieze, hinged to reveal a compartment and flanked by a drawer and a pair of oval-inlaid cupboard doors to either side, raised on square tapering legs with spade feet, the central tablet with restored fall-front action, with later handles
    37½ in. (95 cm.) high, 121 in. (305 cm.) wide, 42¼ in. (107 cm.) deep


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    This oversized sideboard, almost certainly supplied as a special commission, relates to a design by Gillows for a 'Sideboard table' dated 1788 as illustrated in L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs, 1760-1800, 1995, pl.95. The tablet centered frieze in the design is carved with a similar urn and drapery swags and also displays the similar projecting lower corners to the tablet.

    Another impressive sideboard in the public collections at Temple Newsam House, Leeds is based upon designs by Thomas Shearer in his The Cabinet-Makers' London Book of Prices, 1788, pl.5 (see C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, Leeds, 1978, vol. II, p.281, fig.388).

    Provenance

    The Viscounts Rothermere.