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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 128

    A PAIR OF REGENCY BRONZED MAHOGANY DINING-ROOM PEDESTALS

    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF REGENCY BRONZED MAHOGANY DINING-ROOM PEDESTALS
    ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with square moulded top above a fluted cornice, the panelled door enclosing a lead-lined interior with two slatted shelves, one in metal and the other in mahogany, between reeded tapering columns headed by lion's heads, on paw feet, the back edge cut for a skirting board
    49 in. (124.5 cm.) high; 21¾ in. (55 cm.) wide; 16¾ in. (42.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    Fluted 'altar' plinths for Grecian 'water-fountain' urns cap these sideboard pedestals, whose robust bronzed sculptures reflect the early 19th century 'antique' fashion. Here Venus is recalled by her 'fountain' attribute which figures bas-relief panels, that are framed by ray-striated parquetry, and label the 'commode' doors of their architectonic 'tablet' and herm-tapered facades; while Egyptian palm-flowered and reeded pillars are incorporated in their lion monopodia, which evoke the triumphal feasts of the wine-deity Dionysus /Bacchus.

    Messrs Gillow & Co. of London and Lancaster, leading manufacturers of superb mahogany dining-room furniture, had long favoured motifs such as Chippendale's 'French' hollow-cornered tablets; while the lion monopodia coupled with palm-flowered capitals reflects the influence of the court architect James Wyatt (d. 1813) on their firm's work and featured on their marble-topped table supplied invoiced in 1803 for Broughton Hall, Yorkshire (see S. E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 2 vols. Woodbridge, 2008, vol. II, pl. 642).

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