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    Sale 2042

    Important English Furniture

    17 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 97

    A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III GREY-PAINTED SIDE TABLES

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III GREY-PAINTED SIDE TABLES
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    One frame inscribed 'OVAL' in pencil
    28¾ in. (73 cm.) high, 53¾ in. (137 cm.) wide, 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    Of Scottish extraction, the Gladstone's prosperity arose from their successful mercantile ventures in Liverpool, which ultimately led to the foundation of the Liverpool Corn Exchange. It was, therefore, only natural that they should turn to Messrs. Gillows of Lancaster for the refurnishing of both Hawarden Castle and, subsequently Fasque, Kincardineshire, which he acquired from Alexander Ramsey in 1830.

    These tables were almost certainly commissioned around the time of John Gladstone's marriage to Anne Robertson in 1800. Further refurbishments were still ongoing in 1812, when a Regency grained daybed and matching settee by Gillows were supplied which also ended up at Fasque; the latter were inscribed and dated in pencil by Richard Slater (d. 1833) of Lancaster, who is recorded as working for Gillows from 1785 to 1827.
    A virtually identical pair of tables was sold from Fasque, Christie's, London, 7 May 2008, lot 234.

    Provenance

    Probably Sir John Gladstone (d. 1851) (father of the Prime Minister), Fasque, Kincardineshire and by descent to
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gladstone, Fasque, Kincardineshire; Bonhams house sale, 27 September 1997.
    Christopher Howe-The First Twenty Years; Christie's, South Kensington, 24 March 2004, lot 49.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF BRONSON PINCHOT
    (LOTS 95-98)