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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 647

    A PAIR OF GEORGE I MAHOGANY DROP-LEAF TABLES

    CIRCA 1720

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE I MAHOGANY DROP-LEAF TABLES
    CIRCA 1720
    Each with rounded rectangular twin-flap top above a plain frieze enclosing a mahogany-lined drawer at each end, on club legs headed by lappets and pad feet, one drawer in each table previously with a till
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high, 43¾ in. (111 cm.) wide; 15¾ in. (40 cm. deep), ¼ in. variation in width


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    The writing-tables have palm-wrapped and tapering columnar legs terminating in pad or 'round toe' feet. This elegant George I 'Roman' fashioned leg succeeded the baluster form featured on related six-legged pier-tables with folding legs, bureau-falls and drawers provided around 1700 for Boughton House, Northamptonshire (O. Brackett, An Encyclopaedia of English Furniture, London, 1927, p. 94). These library tables are likely to have been commissioned for Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire shortly after its purchase in 1716 by the connoisseur Thomas Parker, Baron Parker of Macclesfield, later 1st Earl of Macclesfield (1667-1732).

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    Provenance

    Thomas Parker (1667-1732), 1st Earl of Macclesfield, Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire and by descent at Shirburn.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
    (LOTS 645-648)