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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY CONSOLE TABLE

    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  

    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY CONSOLE TABLE
    CIRCA 1730
    The white marble top above a moulded apron inlaid with a shell, on cabriole legs and faceted pad feet, the back rail replaced
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high; 36½ in. (93 cm.) wide; 20¾ in. (53 cm.) deep


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    The marble-slabs' pier-table frame is conceived in the George II Roman or picturesque fashion considered appropriate for sideboard-tables. Evoking a celebrated quote about the nature-deity Venus by the Roman poet Terence, its triumphal arched frieze displays a golden Venus shell badge inlaid in French-fashion. The leg pattern relates to contemporary India-back parlour chairs supplied to Dublin's St. Stevens' Hospital (Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, fig.36). The inlay can also be compared to that found on a Dublin-manufactured cabinet in the Art Institute in Chicago, bearing the date 1732 alongside the makers signature John Kirchoffer. There is a possibility that this is the journeyman's signature of the John Kirckoffer, who was later listed as a cabinet-maker in the 1740s with premises in Dublin's Marlborough Street.

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    Literature

    The Knight of Glin and James Peill, 'A Newly Discovered Signature on an Irish Piece of Furniture', Antiques, October 2008, pp. 140-145