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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD OCCASIONAL TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE OAKLEY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD OCCASIONAL TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE OAKLEY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular moulded top inlaid with stars and a moulded lip, on scrolled trestle-end supports joined by a baluster stretcher, on plinths with brass bun feet with sunk castors
    29¾ in. (75.5 cm.) high; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) wide; 14½ in. (37 cm.) deep


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    This handsome Drawing Room 'sofa' table, of 'Grecian' black-figured rosewood, is designed in the French/antique fashion promoted around 1800 by George IV, when Prince of Wales, and by the connoisseur Thomas Hope (d.1832), patron of a London mansion/museum in Duchess Street and author of Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807.

    Egyptian-reeded mouldings frame its tray-top, and flower its Grecian scrolled and plinth-supported trestles with Apollonian sunflowers; while its top is wreathed with a golden ribbon-band of Egyptian rayed suns inlaid in the Louis Quatorze 'boulle' fashion. Such ornament was a speciality of the Bond Street cabinet-maker George Oakley (d.1840), who received Royal patronage following a visit by Queen Charlotte in 1799; and was celebrated in 1801 as being 'the most tasteful of the London cabinet makers' (Journal de Luxus und der Moden, Weimar, 1801). Oakley supplied related 'antique' style furniture with similar 'buhl' inlay for Papworth Hall, Cambridgeshire in 1810 (see M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1965, p.109).

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