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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 60

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III HAREWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY SIDEBOARD TABLES

    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III HAREWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND AMARANTH MARQUETRY SIDEBOARD TABLES
    ATTRIBUTED TO MAYHEW AND INCE, CIRCA 1770
    Each with raised superstructure with downswept sides supporting a shelf, the rectangular top with a circle enclosing swags of husks suspended from rings, flanked by a pair of vases joined by laurel swags, the sides each with a patera draped with laurel, the top's edge with a band of flowerhead-filled entrelac above a frieze with simulated fluting, with central recessed panels with later handles, on square tapering patera-headed legs with laurel hung through rings, joined by a three-quarter galleried undertier, on patera-inlaid block feet, restorations to superstructure finials and possibly originally with further elements
    43¾ in. (111 cm.) high; 56¾ in. (144 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep (2)


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    The marquetry decoration of these tables relates to Mayhew & Ince's marquetry style in the 1770's and 1780's, the characteristics of which have already been identified (see Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1850, Leeds, 1986, p. 593). For example, the combination of wheel-pattern paterae, simulated fluting and illusionistic draped husk-swags appears on a pair of rectangular mahogany commodes supplied by the firm in 1767 to the 9th Earl of Exeter as part of their commission for Burghley House and their London house in Lower Grosvenor Street, between 1767 and 1779 (H. Hayward and E. Till, 'Furniture Discovery at Burghley', Country Life, 7 June 1973, p. 1607, figs. 8 and 9).

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    Provenance

    Lord Revelstoke.
    Purchased circa 1925 by Moss Harris who subsequently sold them separately.
    One purchased by the great-uncle of the present owner from Lenygons in December 1945. The other purchased by Gerald Kerin, 15 Davies Street, from a lady who had originally bought it from Moss Harris
    Purchased by the great-uncle of the present owner from Gerald Kerin in 1951.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN