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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 117

    A WILLIAM IV BROWN OAK DRUM TABLE

    CIRCA 1830

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    A WILLIAM IV BROWN OAK DRUM TABLE
    CIRCA 1830
    The circular top with a gilt-tooled red leather writing-surface, above four gothic panelled frieze drawers and four conforming simulated frieze drawers, on a faceted baluster, above a tri-partite base with concave sides and paw feet, on brass castors, the drawer handles lacking
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 39¼ in. (99.5 cm.) diameter


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    This 'Strawberry Hill' writing-table was introduced in the 19th century to the celebrated Thames-side 'mediaeval' villa created by the antiquarian and author Horace Walpole (d.1797), and its design incorporates picturesque 'gothic' ornament in the George III 'British' fashion that Walpole had helped launch. Intended to serve for an oil-lamp and companion for a Grecian sofa standing out in a room, the table evokes a Grecian altar with leather-lined drum on an 'urn' pillar with tripodic stepped plinth; while the drawers are concealed in a frieze, whose French-fashioned sunk tablets are antique-fretted at the ends in gothic cusped arches. Its ornament and execution in British oak is intended to recall the Elizabethan age and poetry of Shakespeare etc.
    Its Grecian element was popularised by publications such as Thomas Hope's, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, (1807) and George Smith's, Cabinet Maker's Guide, 1808; while its elegant Gothic cusping was promoted in particular by James Wyatt (d.1812) architect to George IV, when Prince of Wales.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE,
    REMOVED FROM STRAWBERRY HILL, TWICKENHAM