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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 30

    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SILVER TABLE

    CIRCA 1750

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    AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SILVER TABLE
    CIRCA 1750
    The rectangular tray-top above a waved apron centred with a scallop shell, on foliate and acanthus-carved carbiole legs on paw feet, painted '4092', with Elveden inventory number '6692', later blocks
    27½ in. (69.5 cm.) high; 30 in. (76.5 cm.) wide; 20¾ in. (53 cm.) deep


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    This centre table or tea-table is boldly carved on all four sides with Venus's scallop shell badge dominating the long sides. With its elongated acanthus brackets, squared paw feet and heavily carved apron below a plain frieze, it is typical of mid-18th Century Dublin cabinet-making, where there was a thriving trade in furniture making, often with craftsmen moving between England and Ireland.

    The table was amongst the furniture acquired by Sir Edward Guinness, 1st Bt. and later 1st Earl of Iveagh (d. 1927) for Elveden Hall, Thetford, Norfolk following its purchase in 1894 from the Maharajah Duleep Singh, the deposed sovereign of the Sikh nation.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by the 1st Earl of Iveagh for Elveden Hall, Norfolk.
    Thence by descent to the 3rd Earl of Iveagh, Elveden Hall, Norfolk, Christie's House sale, 23 May 1984, lot 466.