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A giltwood side table
The rectangular top with re-entrant corners and foliate and floral strapwork with pounced ground and central interlaced cypher, the frieze centred by a scallop shell and carved with foliage upon a pounced ground with acanthus cabriole legs and hoof feet, the surface friable, losses to gilt gesso
37½in. (95cm.) wide, 30½in. (78cm.) high, 22¾in. (58cm.) deep
Provenance
Sir James Horlick Bt.
Gudgeon & Sons, London, 11th May 1926, lot 331.
Literature
R.W.Symonds, "The Craft of the Wood-Carver, from examples in the collection of Colonel Sir Harold Wernher GCVO" Connoisseur, September 1938, page 123, pl. II & III

Lot Essay

The table's flowered and cypher-medallioned top wreathed by acanthus-wrapped ribbons matches those of a pair of pier-tables supplied to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, later 3rd Duke of Devonshire (d.1755) and bearing the initials WKH in celebration of his marriage to Katherine Hoskins in 1718 (O.Bracket An Encyclopaedia of English Furniture, London 1927, p.101). The frame, ornamented with a stately plumed cartouche and scallop-enriched legs terminating in hocked and acanthus-wrapped feet, relates to a set of George I chairs thought to have been supplied by James Moore (d.1726), cabinet-maker to George I, for Cannons, the Middlesex mansion built by the architect James Gibbs (d.1754) for James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (d.1744) (a pair sold Christie's Houghton sale at King Street 8th December 1994, lot 135). An identical pair of silver gessoed tables bearing the HW cypher were illustrated F. Lenygon, The Decoration and Furniture of English Mansions in the 17th and 18th Centuries, 1914, pp.258-259, figs. 390, 392.
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