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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 524

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED, EBONISED AND PARCEL-GILT CENTRE TABLE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN GEE

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED, EBONISED AND PARCEL-GILT CENTRE TABLE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN GEE
    The mahogany top with pierced brass gallery and ebonised edge above an egg-and-dart carved frieze, on lotus-leaf and spiral carved sabre legs, with paper label inscribed 'Wellesley' and various indistinct chalk inscriptions, decoration refreshed, the top refinished but probably original, possibly conceived with a porcelain plaque to the top
    30½ in. (77.5 cm.) high; 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) wide; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep


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    This lady's work table, japanned 'Grecian' bronze-black with gilt enrichments, is designed in the French/antique fashion popularised around 1800 by the engraved works of Thomas Sheraton (d. 1806). Its distinctive sabre legs recall seat-furniture by John Gee (d. 1824), who was listed from 1799 at 49 Wardour Street, Soho as 'Chairmaker and Turner to His Majesty'.

    The handwritten label - which appears to date from the 19th Century - perhaps suggests it was supplied to a kinsman of the Iron Duke, the 1st Duke of Wellington. Interestingly, it stylistically concurs directly with the taste of Lord Gerald Wellesley, later 7th Duke of Wellington (d.1972), who assembled one of the pioneering collections of Regency furniture at his London house in Titchfield Terrace.

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    Provenance

    The Wellesley family.
    Acquired from Ciancimino, London.