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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 405

    A MATCHED PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN WALNUT CONSOLE TABLES

    ONE TABLE LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE OTHER TABLE LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A MATCHED PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN WALNUT CONSOLE TABLES
    ONE TABLE LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE OTHER TABLE LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a shaped later verde marble top above an undulating hatched frieze hung with circular rings issuing laurel swags, on scrolled cabriole legs headed by diminishing husks and capped by acanthus, joined by an arched undertier with pierced shell, on claw and ball feet
    34½ in. (87.5 cm.) high; 45 in. (114.5 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (87 cm.) deep (2)


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    Provenance

    Sir Philip Shelbourne, Myles Place, Salisbury, Wiltshire (+); Christie's house sale, 25-26 October 1993, lot 48.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Having proved an outstanding tax counsel, Sir Philip Shelbourne joined Rothschilds in 1962 to set up their Corporate Finance Department, before being appointed by Margaret Thatcher to head The British National Oil Corporation. He became the Chairman of Britoil before it fell to BP's aggrandisement and was knighted in 1984. Sir Philip Shelbourne's taste was one of grandeur and opulence. He admired the flamboyant baroque and the rococo, which he cleverly balanced with the Empire and Biedermeier spirit at Myles Place. Sir Philip Shelbourne is also remembered for his keen interest in the Brooke Hospital for Animals, and his devoted support for veterinary welfare.