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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED CALAMANDER AND ROSEWOOD WRITING-TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN MCLEAN, CIRCA 1810

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    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED CALAMANDER AND ROSEWOOD WRITING-TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN MCLEAN, CIRCA 1810
    The rounded rectangular top with pierced three-quarter Greek-key gallery above a beaded panelled frieze with two drawers with star-shaped handles and anthemion-escutcheons and convex quarter-fillets, on lyre-shaped end-supports joined by a beaded arched stretcher, on downswept legs with foliate-cast caps and castors, with paper label under right drawer inscribed in ink 'Mr Riddell 1818'
    30 in. (77 cm.) high; 44 in. (102 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    The elegant table, intended fireside companion for a scrolled Grecian sofa, is conceived in the French antique manner promoted around 1800 by the connoisseur Thomas Hope and illustrated in his London mansion museum guide entitled Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807). Evoking lyric-poetry's triumph, the golden 'bronze'-enriched table of 'Grecian' black and marble-figured calamander has a Greek ribbon-fretted china-rail; while its sarcophagus-scrolled pilasters are raised on Grecian-scolled and palm-flowered 'claws' and fretted, like a Hope table, in Apollonian lyre-form (see Hope, op. cit., pl. 15). Palm-flowered escutcheons and Egyptian sunburst handles embellish the frieze tablets, which are pearl-wreathed in Etruscan Pompeian fashion, like the Grecian-arched stretcher rail. This same pattern was adopted for sofa games-tables supplied for Shugborough, Staffordshire by Messrs Gillow of London and Lancaster; and as this firm was patronised by Ralph Riddell (d. 1833) of Felton Park, Northumberland, whose inscription appears on one drawer, the present table is likely to have been commissioned by him in 1818 (see J. Martin Robinson, Shugborough, London, 1989, p.77).

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    Provenance

    Probably Ralph Riddell (d.1833), Felton Park, Northumberland, 1818.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 5 July 1996, lot 116.
    Bought from Hotspur Ltd.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN