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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 32

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SATINWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY SIDE TABLES

    CIRCA 1780

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SATINWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY SIDE TABLES
    CIRCA 1780
    Each with D-shaped top inlaid with ribbon-tied floral sprays about oval paterae and painted with trailing flowerheads, the friezes with conforming inlay on square tapering legs, refreshments to decoration, minor variations in size
    Table A: 31¾ in. (81 cm.) high; 35 in. (89 cm.) wide; 17½ (44.5 cm.) deep, Table B: 32 in. (82 cm.) high; 34 in. (86.5 cm.) wide; 17¼ in. (44 cm.) deep (2)


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    These elliptic window-pier tables, with elegant herm-tapered legs and flowered and foliated inlay, reflect the George III French/antique fashion popularised by T. Malton's Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 1778 (pl. 36). Evoking lyric poetry, appropriate for rooms-of-entertainment, their frieze tablets display laurelled trophies with Venus rose-flowered medallions, and these are flanked by Apollonian sunflowered medallions.

    Lord Tweedmouth was a notable collector of English furniture in the 1870s and 1880s. Although his taste may have been influenced by Messrs. Wright and Mansfield, who introduced the 'Adams' or neoclassical fashion at houses such as Guisachan from the 1860s (E. Harris, 'Wright and Mansfield at Haddo, Guisachan, Brook House and Grosvenor Square, Furniture History, 1996, pp.141-158, it may also have been inherited from Edward Marjoribanks (d.1816) (C. Streeter, 'Marquetry Tables from Cobb's workshop', Furniture History, 1974, pp. 52, 53).

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    Provenance

    Sir Dudley Coutts Majoribanks, Bt., 1st Baron Tweedmouth (d.1894), Guisachan,Aberdeenshire.