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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 164

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN GILT AND POLYCHROME-PAINTED OCTAGONAL OCCASIONAL TABLES

    CIRCA 1840, ATTRIBUTED TO J.G.CRACE

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    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN GILT AND POLYCHROME-PAINTED OCTAGONAL OCCASIONAL TABLES
    CIRCA 1840, ATTRIBUTED TO J.G.CRACE
    One white-ground, the other black-ground, each with tilt-top inset with glass, on cast-iron feet, partially redecorated
    30 in. (76 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide and deep (2)


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    The octagon-compartmented tray-top tables, with Grecian urn-based pillars raised on tripod-altar plinths, reflect the 'Modern Greek' style popularised by the Finsbury firm William Smee through publications such as their 1850 'Designs for Furniture' catalogue and contributions to the 1851 London Exhibition. The present tables' colourful Turkish embellishment derives from embroidery and other works exhibited at the Great Exhibition and illustrated in Owen Jones', Grammar of Ornament, 1856 to which Wyatt was a contributor (Owen Jones, ibid, pl. 36). The firm of John Gregory Crace (d. 1889), who served as an 1851 special commissioner for furniture and paper hangings, was amongst the leading manufacturers of such decorative furniture.

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    Literature

    For the painted decoration see Owen Jones, The Grammar of Ornament, London, 1856 (reprinted 1987), pl. XXXVI