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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE

    CIRCA 1760

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    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE
    CIRCA 1760
    The top above a trailing vine-leaf carved shaped apron centred by a scallop shell between flowerheads, on acanthus-carved cabriole legs, on claw feet
    31½ in. (79.5 cm.) high; 53¾ cm. (136.5 cm.) wide; 25 in. (64 cm.) deep


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    Scallop shells, the badge of Venus who was drawn to dry land in one after her birth at sea, were one of the most popular Irish decorative motifs. They appear on chairs, tables, case furniture and mirrors. This table shows the love Irish designers had for the serpentine 'line of beauty'. Even the scallop shell is serpentined. The apron is carved with trailing ivy, sacred to Apollo. Roman acanthus completely wraps the tops of the legs and the small 'fetlock' just above the foot, again both Irish characteristics.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Gerald Kenyon, Dublin, in the early 1970s.


    Literature

    Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture, 2007, p. 229, cat. no. 96.