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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 199

    A REGENCY OAK GOTHIC BREAKFRONT SERVING-TABLE

    CIRCA 1810

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    A REGENCY OAK GOTHIC BREAKFRONT SERVING-TABLE
    CIRCA 1810
    The rectangular shaped top with a rear gallery pierced with pointed quatrefoils flanked by Gothic arched panels, above a frieze with conforming panels and spandrels with quatrefoils, on turned cluster column legs, minor losses to mouldings
    42 in. (107 cm.) high; 82¼ in. (209 cm.) wide; 28½ in. (72.5 cm.) deep
    The back rail is detachable


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    This banqueting hall sideboard table is designed in the romantic 'Elizabethan' fashion introduced around 1800 by architects such as James Wyatt (d.1813). Fretted lilies flower its 'china' rail and the libation-paterae incorporated in the triumphal 'wine-cistern' arch; while the herm-tapered legs are paired in French fashion. Its cusped and quatrefoiled arches and cluster-columned legs feature in related oak hall chair patterns in George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808 (pl. 35) and again in his designs for drawing-room Gothic chairs from his later published Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Guide, 1826, the designs for which were possibly conceived earlier.
    A related 'Elizabethan' style centre table following a design attributed to William Atkinson and probably made by George Bullock was supplied to the 3rd Earl of Mansfield at Scone Palace circa 1815 (sold by his descendant Christie's, London, 'Scone Palace and Blairquhan: The Selected Contents of Two Great Scottish Houses', 24 May 2007, lot 414 (£9,000). Atkinson's romantic gothic furniture designs for this commission are recorded in 'Scone Sketches Furniture' in Scone Palace, Family Archive.

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