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    Sale 5366

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    23 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 16

    A PAIR OF SATINWOOD CREAM PAINTED AND PARCEL GILT PAINTED DEMI-LUNE PIER TABLES

    OF GEORGE III STYLE, LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF SATINWOOD CREAM PAINTED AND PARCEL GILT PAINTED DEMI-LUNE PIER TABLES
    OF GEORGE III STYLE, LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Each with a segmentally veneered crossbanded top with a husk swag curved centre, with a fluted frieze on foliate-headed tapered reeded legs, joined by curved stretchers on turned feet
    34 in. (86.5 cm.) high; 45 in. (114 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    Such tables were described by Thomas Sheraton as being merely for ornament under a [pier] glass, they are generally made very light, and the style of finishing them is rich and elegant. ..the tops are..commonly veneered in rich satin..with a cross-band on the outside. The frames are commonly gold, of white and burnished gold. Stretching rails have of late been introduced to these tables, and it must be owned that is is with good effect, as they take off the long appearance of the legs, and make the under part appear more finished (T. Sheraton, Appendix to The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Drawing Book, 1793).

    The present antique-fluted tables are conceived in the George III French/antique fashion of the 1770s, and have columnar, palm-flowered legs with hollowed-capitals that correspond to a pattern adopted for tables commissioned around 1776 for Appuldurcombe, Isle of Wight (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig. 499)

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