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    Sale 7700

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    A SCOTTISH REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND PARCEL-GILT ROSEWOOD AND SPECIMEN MARBLE OCCASIONAL TABLE

    IN THE MANNER OF WILLIAM TROTTER, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A SCOTTISH REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND PARCEL-GILT ROSEWOOD AND SPECIMEN MARBLE OCCASIONAL TABLE
    IN THE MANNER OF WILLIAM TROTTER, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top inset with various square marbles including siena, sarrancolin, brocatello, portoro and others and centred by a panel depicting a parrot perched on a branch, the edge with egg-and-dart moulding, on a tapering fluted and lotus-leaf carved shaft with foliate collar, the concave-sided base with a beaded edge and rosette and line inlay, on foliate and S-scroll feet with inset castors, damages.
    29 in. (73 cm.) high; 25½ in. (73 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep


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    Designs for tables such as this were widely popularised in the first half of the 19th century in publications including George Smith's A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808, and his Cabinet-Maker's and Upholsterer's Guide, 1826 but this particularly elaborate example relates closely to the work of the Scottish cabinet-maker and upholsterer William Trotter (d.1833). Initially entering his father's employment around 1790, Trotter became sole proprietor of the thriving business in 1809, and in 1814-15 he undertook a major commission to furnish the library and Picture-gallery at Paxton House, Berwickshire.
    His work was characterised by the use of fine quality materials, bold carving and the occasional use of brass inlay, and he was always acutely aware of his customers' expectations. At Paxton in particular he created a number of pieces specifically intended to display marble tablets collected by George Home on a Grand Tour in the 1770's, and in his letter accompanying his initial estimate for the work he wrote 'I mean them all of solid rose wood- and would wish as much carving upon them as possible'. (Sebastian Pryke, 'Paxton House, Berwickshire - II', Country Life, 6 May, 1993, p.62).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY