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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 112

    AN IRISH GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN IRISH GEORGE III GILTWOOD PIER TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The D-shaped white marble and scagliola top inlaid with roses between husk bands and centred by a crest of an eagle holding a fleur-de-lys in its beak, above a palmette frieze, on husk-tied reeded tapering legs headed by guilloche, on bulb feet, regilt, with Nat Ross Ltd. Cork, depository label inscribed 'O'Drixol(?)' and with Barker's Depository label inscribed 'Leake(?) Esq.', underside of marble inscribed '13-L', the frieze originally with pendant swags
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high; 70½ in. (179 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep


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    The court architect Robert Adam (d.1792) designed related furniture in 1780 for Sir Abraham Hume's Mayfair mansion, and this likewise featured laurel-wreathed and urn-capped pillars accompanying a palm-flowered frieze that derived from James Stuart's publication of the Erechtheon columns in his Antiquities of Athens, 1762 (E. Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, London, 1963, figs. 123 and 124). The poetic laurels that festoon this table's reeded columnar legs were also introduced by Adam around 1770 for tables that he designed for Saltram House, Devon (ibid, figs. 21 and 22).

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    Provenance

    Leake?
    O'Drixol(?)
    Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 28 June 1984, lot 125.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
    (LOTS 114-115)