• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 88

    A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY LARGE CENTRE TABLE

    1835, ALTERED, DESIGNED BY PHILIP HARDWICK

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    A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY LARGE CENTRE TABLE
    1835, ALTERED, DESIGNED BY PHILIP HARDWICK
    The rectangular moulded top on three solid scrolled and panelled supports with lotus-scrolled feet raised on stepped plinths, inscribed to underside 'N2 TABLE' and 'C3', reduced in length, one support and one end moulding later, previously on castors
    28¾ in. (73 cm.) high; 160 in. (406 cm.) wide; 49 in. (125 cm.) deep


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    The monumental tables furnishing the Livery Hall at the Goldsmiths' Company, London were designed in the Grecian 'antique' manner by Philip Hardwick as part of his re-building of the Hall in the early 1830's. The tables' plinth-supported and truss-scrolled trestles evolved from the type of marble antiquity such as the palm-flowered and lion-pawed seat drawn in Rome by the architect Charles Heathcote Tatham (d.1842) and illustrated in his Etchings of Ancient Ornamental Architecture, 1799. A centre-table likely to have been executed under Tatham's direction, was supplied for the London mansion/museum of the connoisseur Thomas Hope (d.1832) and illustrated in Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807 (pl.12, nos. 6 and 7).
    This type of architectural table pattern enjoyed enduring popularity since it was subsequently re-issued in George Smith's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1826, and clearly provided the inspiration for Hardwick when he was employed after the demolition of the existing Goldsmiths' Hall in the 1820's.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to The Goldsmiths' Hall, London, 1835.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths