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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 416

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD SOFA TABLE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN MCLEAN

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED ROSEWOOD SOFA TABLE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHN MCLEAN
    The rounded rectangular twin-flap top with satinwood banding, above two cedar-lined frieze drawers with convex quarter-fillets and original handles, on twin end-supports joined by an ebonised later stretcher, on downswept reeded legs, with brass caps and castors, one drawer inscribed in ink '743'
    28¼ in. (71.5 cm.) high; 62 in. (157.5 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    This elegant table encapsulates the sleek fusion of Grecian and Egyptian motifs with Gallic sensibility that was specialised by the Marylebone and Pancras Street cabinet-making firm John McLean and Son. The table, with pilaster trestles raised on Grecian-scrolled 'claws' and 'Grecian' black-figured rosewood, is embellished with golden tablets and enriched with 'Egyptian' striations. These tablets, previously popularised at the court of Louis XVI by the manufactures of the ébéniste David Roentgen, were a favoured ornament on the firm's 'Elegant Parisian Furniture', and are also found on two similar sofa-tables illustrated in Simon Redburn, 'John Maclean and Son', Furniture History, 1978., Pls. 41A and B.

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    Provenance

    The Hon. Mrs Baring; Sotheby's, London, 8 December 1978, lot 240 (a pair).