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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 730

    A WILLIAM IV BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD WRITING-TABLE

    POSSIBLY BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830

    Price Realised  

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    A WILLIAM IV BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD WRITING-TABLE
    POSSIBLY BY GILLOWS, CIRCA 1830
    The rectangular moulded top crossbanded with scrolling foliage enclosing a gilt-tooled green leather-lined writing-surface, above three mahogany-lined and anthemion-inlaid frieze drawers to each side, on cabriole legs carved with foliage, on circular reeded pad feet
    30½ in. (77.5 cm.) high; 82 in. (203 cm.) wide; 51½ in. (131 cm.) deep


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    The Wentworth Woodhouse library-table is designed in the George IV Grecian Louis Quatorze fashion, associated with the court architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville (d.1840). It is wreathed in a golden ribbon-guilloche of 'boulle' inlaid palms to evoke wisdom and 'support for the arts' and derived from temple columns adjoining the temple of Athena Minerva; while robustly carved palms and 'Pan' reeds issue from the wave-scrolled volutes that terminate its serpentined truss pilasters. Commissioned for Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire by William Watson-Wentworth, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1833) it relates to the magnificent 1820s French-fashioned furnishings introduced at Tatton Park, Cheshire by the architect Lewis Wyatt (d. 1853) in association with Gillow the London and Lancaster cabinet-makers and upholsterers. The Earl is recorded as commissioning furniture from Gillow in 1822, and they appear to have been employed during the following ten years. They provided related, but more elaborately carved and richly gilt tables, for the Earl's adjoining Drawing Room (later known as the 'Whistle-Jacket Room'), and a suite of twelve giltwood armchairs en suite, was sold in the Wentworth sale, Christie's, London, 8 July 1998, lot 83. The name of one of Gillows' employees alongside the date 1832 has been recorded on an accompanying sofa (illustrated in situ, C. Hussey, English Country Houses: Early Georgian, London, 1955, p. 154, fig. 252).

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    Provenance

    Almost certainly supplied to William, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1833), Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 16 November 1989, lot 80.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 24 February 1995, lot 153.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A COMPANY
    (LOTS 728-730)