• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 79

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY AND OAK SIDE TABLES

    MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY AND OAK SIDE TABLES
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with an oak top of different size above a plain frieze, on slightly cabriole legs with paw and ball feet, the feet on one table slightly reduced, probably originally with the pair of Italian 'grand tour' alabaster-veneered tops (see catalogue note), now with 19th century oak tops, replacements to mouldings, finished on all four sides
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high; each base 65¼ in. (166 cm.) wide; one top 72¼ in. (183.5 cm.) wide, the other top 66½ in. (169 cm.) wide; 36¾ in. (93.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    These handsome 'Parker' mahogany sideboard-table frames, intended for marble slabs, have bacchic leopard paws terminating their truss-scrolled pilasters, and reflect the George II 'Roman' fashion popularised by William Jones', The Gentleman or Builder's Companion, 1739. They would have formed part of the furnishings introduced to Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire either by Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, (d. 1732) following his service as Lord Chancellor during the reign of George I, or his son, George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (d. 1764) following his inheritance in 1732. They would have served for the display of the 1st Earl's celebrated silver banqueting cisterns and fountain, which were commissioned from Anthony Nelme (d. 1723) and embellished by Venus shell bas-reliefs labelling the ribbon-guilloche, that tied his leopard-supported and coronet-ensigned armorials (since the late 1990s the silver has been displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum's British Galleries).

    Alternatively, the table frames may have been commissioned by the 2nd Earl to display the alabaster veneered table tops that he almost certainly brought back with him from his celebrated Grand Tour undertaken in 1720-22. The slabs were later moved onto oak frames, probably commissioned for them around 1845 by Thomas, 6th Earl of Macclesfield and sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 4 June 2009, lot 141.

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    Provenance

    Either Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (d. 1732) or his son George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (d. 1764), Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, and by descent at Shirburn.


    Pre-Lot Text

    TWO PAIRS OF TABLES FROM SHIRBURN CASTLE