• The Sunday Sale - Property fro auction at Christies

    Sale 5974

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Academy of Medical Sciences, removed from 41 Portland Place, W1 and The Robert Harling Collection

    13 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 58

    A REGENCY PARCEL-GILT AND MAHOGANY CENTRE TABLE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE TOP AND BASE ASSOCIATED

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    A REGENCY PARCEL-GILT AND MAHOGANY CENTRE TABLE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE TOP AND BASE ASSOCIATED
    The circular brass-mounted top above a fluted tapering triform column terminating in caryatid monopaedia on a conforming plinth with scroll feet
    30¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 32 in. (81 cm.) diamteter


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    The table, with its pillar raised on a hollow-sided plinth with palm-flowered trusses, is conceived in the manner of a French breakfast-table and inspired by an antique sacrificial tripod altar. The pillar's Egyptian sphinx monopodiae, issuing from palm-flowered acanthus, derives from a porcelain guridon table pattern in C. Percier and P.F.L. Fontain's, Recueil de decorations interieures, 1801 (pl.21). This in turn inspired the supports of a contemporary mahogany and partly gilt dressing-table commissioned by the connoisseur Thomas Hope (d.1832) (see T. Hope, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807 (pl.33); and J. Britton and A. Pugin, Illustrations of Public Buildings of London, 1825 , pl.2). A prototype for the present table would be the popular Empire 'bronze' perfume-burners (brle parfums) attributed to the bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire (see H. Ottomeyer/P. Perschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986 , fig.2.8.10).

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Supplied by Green & Abbott Ltd., Wigmore Street, London November 1950 £29.