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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 169

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN PARQUETRY ROSEWOOD AND SPECIMEN WOOD TRAY-TOP WORK TABLE

    BY I.T. UBSDELL, CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN PARQUETRY ROSEWOOD AND SPECIMEN WOOD TRAY-TOP WORK TABLE
    BY I.T. UBSDELL, CIRCA 1840
    The rectangular tray-top with reeded convex handles and parquetry motifs enclosing a mahogany-lined compartment above a parquetry frieze on a ring turned baluster support on a rectangular platform with canted corners on downswept tapering legs with brass caps and castors, the compartment with printed label 'Manufactured by I.T. Ubsdell late Fenner & Co. Repository Tunbrige Wells'
    30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) wide; 13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) deep


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    The Roman-mosaiced tray-top table, with vase-turned pillar on Grecian-scrolled 'claw', relates to the fashionable French work-table (tricoteuse) as featured in La Mèsangére, 1831. The tray's cube mosaic was a speciality of the Tonbridge inlayer Mr. Burrows (see H.W. Wolff, Sussex Industries, 1883). The table, with its 'vandyke' points, was executed in the 1840s by I. T. Ubsdell of Tunbridge Wells at the Mount Ephraim 'Inlaid & Mosaic Wood Manufactory' established in the late l8th century by William Fenner, but who had ceased trading in 1840 (see B. Austen, Tunbridge Ware and Related European Decorative Woodwares, 3rd ed. 2001, pp.145-154: and B.Austen, A Tunbridge Ware Work Table by Fenner & Co', Furniture History Newsletter, No. 147, August 2002).

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