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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 699

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY READING-TABLES

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY READING-TABLES
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Each with rectangular hinged top above two simulated drawers at the front and rear, one side with a long drawer above a short drawer, the other side with a simulated drawer above a short drawer, on square tapering legs, with brass caps and castors, the handles apparently original, one drawer stencilled 'CHARLES ST' and '957 C.H.T.', with Lanes of Truro depository label marked in ink '46/20', both tables with ivorine label stamped 'RESTORED BY CHARLES PERRY RESTORATIONS LTD., ST. ALBANS FOR PATRICIA VISCOUNTESS BOYD AFTER THE FIRE OF MARCH 1988 INCE CASTLE, SALTASH, CORNWALL', both hinged tops lacking book-rest, one top with ratchet, the other lacking ratchet and top of base reveneered accordingly
    Each table: 30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 24 in. (61 cm.) wide; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    Provenance

    Almost certainly William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale (1787-1782), 14-15 Carlton House Terrace, London and by descent until 1947.


    Saleroom Notice

    Additional provenance for this lot:
    Almost certainly William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale (1787-1782), 14-15 Carlton House Terrace, London and by descent until 1947.

    The stencilled inscription '957/C.H.T' is most probably an inventory mark for William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale, who acquired 14-15 Carlton House Terrace in 1837. Furniture from this residence was stencilled 'CHT' with a three digit inventory number, including the George III commode by Pierre Langlois, sold by French and Company, Christie's, New York, 24 November 1998, lot 35. Property from 14-15 Carlton House Terrace was later absorbed into Lowther Castle, near Penrith, Cumberland. The contents of Lowther Castle were sold by the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, Maple & Co. house sale, 15-17 April 1947. It has not been possible to identify these tables in that sale catalogue.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN