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    Sale 12247

    The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures

    17 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 151

    A PAIR OF IRISH REGENCY MAHOGANY RECTANGULAR PLANT STANDS

    ATTRIBUTED TO MACK, WILLIAMS & GIBTON, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF IRISH REGENCY MAHOGANY RECTANGULAR PLANT STANDS
    ATTRIBUTED TO MACK, WILLIAMS & GIBTON, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with an open gallery and metal liners on turned tapering legs with brass caps and castors, each stamped 'B1989', the liners corroded
    38 ½ in. (98 cm.) high; 42 ¼ in. (107 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    The successful partnership of Mack, Williams and Gibton, 39 Stafford Street, Dublin, was formed in 1812, the firm flourishing under this name until the death of John Mack in 1829. They are renowned for employing fine, richly figured timbers and for the quality of their craftsmanship, which is often compared to Gillow of Lancaster and London. From 1814, the firm regularly stamped their furniture using a system of impressed four digit numbers preceded by a letter, and/or applied a paper label; the present flower stands are stamped 'B1989'. Gillow had been the first to adopt a numbering system in 1795, and the stamp may have been used for stock control or a piece may have received a number when the order was placed (Angela Alexander, 'A Firm of Dublin Cabinet-Makers Mack, Williams & Gibton', Irish Arts Review Yearbook, Vol. 11, 1995, pp. 142-148).

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    Provenance

    Almost certainly supplied to Thomas Pakenham, 2nd Earl of Longford (d. 1835) for Tullynally, Co. Westmeath, and thence by descent until 2013.