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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 202

    AN ITALIAN ALABASTRO FIORITO MARBLE TOP

    MID-18TH CENTURY, REDUCED IN SIZE TO FIT A WALNUT SIDE TABLE, 19TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN ALABASTRO FIORITO MARBLE TOP
    MID-18TH CENTURY, REDUCED IN SIZE TO FIT A WALNUT SIDE TABLE, 19TH CENTURY
    The frieze carved with egg-and-dart ornament above a lion mask framed by acanthus, on cabriole legs and claw-and-ball feet
    34½ in. (88 cm.) high; 40 in. (117 cm.) wide; 26½ in. (77 cm.) deep


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    When this table was acquired, it was thought to date from irca 1735 and the idiosyncratic carving placed it close stylistically to the work of William Bradshaw. Bradshaw is perhaps best known for his work for the 2nd Earl Stanhope at Chevening, Kent and parallels were drawn between the unusual 'design of a double C-scroll with smaller 'C' inside, the longer ending in a strong curl at the upper end', as well as 'the acanthus leaves to the knees tied in the middle with what appears to be a clasp ' - which is shared between this table and a gilt side table at Chevening illustrated in R. Edwards and M. Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet Makers, London, 1955, pl.54.

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    Provenance

    The alabastro top: Possibly supplied to the 2nd Earl Stanhope for Chevening, Kent and thence by descent to the Trustees of the Chevening Estate, sold Sotheby's house sale, 10 May 1993, lot 512.
    The base: Dr. Daniel McLean MacDonald, Christie's London, 14th November 1991, lot 108.
    Acquired from Nicholas Grindley, 28 September 1993.