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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY EXTENDING DINING-TABLE

    BY B.P.TITTER & COMPANY, NORWICH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY EXTENDING DINING-TABLE
    BY B.P.TITTER & COMPANY, NORWICH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rounded rectangular reeded top above a panelled frieze centred at each end by a brass plaque with a handle, enclosing a compartment for leaf storage, on turned baluster tapering legs, with brass caps and castors, each plaque inscribed 'B.P.TITTER & COMPY. Inventors & Manufacturers, No. 32 Pottergate Street, Norwich.', lacking clips, two leaves associated
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 130¾ in. (321.5 cm.) wide, open; 40¾ in. (103.5 cm.) deep
    Leaves: 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) wide; 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) wide; 14½ in. (37 cm.) wide


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    Benjamin Palmer Titter worked in both London and Norwich and is recorded as trading at various addresses in Norwich from 1799-1830. Titter specialized in the construction of high quality extending dining-tables of this pattern, some of which bear brass plaques to the ends, as in the present lot, the inscription to the plaques varying slightly with the model (G. Beard and C. Gilbert, eds., Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p.896).

    A virtually identical dining-table manufactured by B.P.Titter & Co., was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 13 April 2000, lot 165 ($22,325 with premium) and a comparable dining-table attributed to Titter, formerly in the collection of Colonel Norman Colville M.C., was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 22 April 2004, lot 105 (£15,535 with premium). A larger extending table by Titter, bearing a variant of his trademark brass plaque, was sold by the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby's, New York, 26-27 January 2000, lot 266 ($68,500).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN