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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 14


    CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1770
    Each with rectangular hinged top enclosing a later green baize-lined playing-surface above a waved apron with 'C' scroll foliate carving, on cabriole legs and inscrolled feet, the underside of the front apron stamped 'RPT', the hinges stamped 'W.S', one with right side rail stamped 'RICK PATRICK TRUST', the other with both side rails stamped 'RPT'
    28½ in. (72.5 cm) high; 38¼ in. (97 cm.) wide; 17¾ in. 45 cm.) deep (2)

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    The tables, concealing baize cloths beneath tops of beautiful marble-figured mahogany, reflect the 1750s fashion in rooms-of-entertainment for accompanying pier-glasses with games-tables rather than marble-topped tables. Their frames, in keeping with the contemporary 'Arcadian' landscaped parks of 'Roman' styled villas and mansions, are serpentined after the natural or French picturesque manner lauded in William Hogarths, Analysis of Beauty (1753), and Thomas Chippendales, Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers Director (1754).
    Like 'French Chair' patterns, advertised by Chippendale as 'Modern', they evoke the festive companions of the wine-deity Bacchus by water-reeds, which are sacred to Arcadian satyr Pan and enwreath the tables' cornices and flute-scalloped and sarcophagus-scrolled legs. The latters' Ionic waved trusses and cupid-bowed friezes evoke Venus and her triumphal water-birth, since their parquetry is figured with fountains, an attribute of the Nature-deity, and bordered by water-bubbled cartouches issuing from scalloped and acanthus-wrapped reeds. The reed enrichments were a popular feature of furniture supplied in the 1760s by the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale (d.1779) to houses such as Foremark Hall, Derbyshire (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978).

    The tables, which are likely to have been supplied by Messrs Frank Partridge, were amongst the Mayfair collection at 23 Park Lane assembled from 1900 by the connoisseur Henry Hirsch (d. 1931) (see P. Macquoid, 'Mr Henry Hirschs Furniture I & II', Country Life, 25 October and 15 November 1924).
    In addition to the lot offered here, two George III mahogany concertina-action card tables with hinges stamped 'WS', were sold anonymously, Christies, London, 9 July 1992, lot 36; and another, 17 April 1997, lot 38.

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    Henry Hirsch Esq; Christie's, London, 22 March 1934, lot 77 to M. Harris (58 gns)
    Leigh R. Block, Chicago; Sotheby's, New York, 3-4 June 1988, lot 187.
    Devenish and Company, New York.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2001, lot 285.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 4-5 April 2007, lot 158.