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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A REGENCY EBONY AND MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE

    BY GEORGE BULLOCK, 1816

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY EBONY AND MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE
    BY GEORGE BULLOCK, 1816
    The rectangular moulded top above a plain frieze, on ring-turned tapering legs with bulb feet, losses to ebony mouldings
    31 in. (79 cm.) high; 42 in. (107 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) deep


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    This table formed part of the extensive furnishings supplied by George Bullock for Napoleon's use at his residence, Longwood House, whilst in exile on St. Helena following the Emperor's defeat at Waterloo in 1815 It was supplied in 1816 at a cost of £3 10, and was listed in Bullock's account as in 'room 10 - Bedroom for General contd'. (Levy, op. cit. p.113). Following Napoleon's death on 5 May 1821, an inventory was taken under 'the charge of A Darling 12th, 15th and 25th May 1821', where the table is listed as one of '2 Small Mahogany Tables. (ibid., p. 152).
    Darling in fact later purchased this table at the sale of 'Effects at Longwood belonging to the late Emperor Napoleon', which took place from 1 April - 12 August, 1822 on St. Helena. It was most probably lot 27, 'Small Mahogany Table', included on the first day's sale, April 1st, 1822. The auctioneers book recorded that 'Mr. Darling' purchased the table for '£1 18s -d' (ibid., p. 169).
    It was subsequently re-sold by the late Mrs. Randolph Berens, on 18 June 1924, lot 99. The catalogue entry for this sale interestingly notes that 'This table was formerly in the possession of Napoleon Bonaparte, the hole burns by Napoleon burning pastiles, and purchased at the sale of his effects at Longwood by Mr. Andrew Darling, St. Helena, 1821'.

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    Provenance

    Supplied for the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's use at Longwood House, St Helena, 1816.
    Sold at the auction of 'Effects at Longwood belonging to the late Emperor Napoleon', on St. Helena, 1 April-12 August 1822, lot 27 (£1 18s = to Andrew Darling, Esq.).
    Mrs Randolph Berens (+); 14 Princes Gardens, 18 June 1924, lot 99.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    G. Bullock, Account of Furniture Supplied for St Helena, 1816: 'To A small Mahogany table £3 10s' in room 10 - Bedroom for General.
    An Inventory of Stores belonging to the Longwood Establishment, May 1821: one of '2 Small mahogany tables'.
    M. Levy, Napoleon in Exile, Leeds, 1998, pp. 113, 152 & 169.