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A GEORGE II BRASS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE
A GEORGE II BRASS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE

ATTRIBUTED TO FREDERICK HINTZ

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A GEORGE II BRASS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE
Attributed to Frederick Hintz
The octagonal tilt-top inlaid with interlaced brass lines and engraved foliage sprays, on a turned baluster shaft and cabriole legs headed by shells and foliage, on pad feet with shells and further foliage, two legs with restored break, nail-hole traces to the underside, possibly for a slide, restorations, the brass, particularly on the top, possibly re-engraved
26 in. (68 cm.) high; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Anonymous sale, in these Rooms, 13 April 1989, lot 133.
Literature
C. Gilbert and T. Murdoch, John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture 1730-1760, London, 1993, p. 116 and 120, fig. 157.

Lot Essay

The table, conceived in the George II antique French manner, has a vase-swelled baluster in the manner of table patterns issued in the architect James Gibbs's Book of Architecture, 1728 (see T.A. Strange, English Furniture and Decoration, London, 1950, p. 48). Its octagon-compartment top is wreathed by a flowered ribbon band of iridescent shell (mother-of-pearl) flower-heads and foliated sprays in the 'Indian' manner. These are enclosed in golden brass inlay, whose fretted bands tie trefoiled sprays of engraved Roman foliage in the spandrels, while the elegantly serpentined legs and pad feet are similarly inlaid with 'Venus' shells emerging from husk-enriched Roman foliage.
Such 'boulle-inlaid' furniture formed part of the fashionable tea quipage of the period, and relates to the inlaid 'sarcophagus' tea-chest illustrated in the 1740s trade-card of Messrs. Landall and Gordon of Little Argyle Street (Gilbert and Murdoch, John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture, London, 1993, fig. 12). Related decoration features on a scalloped tea-table bearing the Royal crown, which together with another similar table, has been attributed to the Moravian cabinet-maker and embellisher of musical instruments Frederick Hintz (d. 1776). Hintz, trading at 'The Porcupine', Newport Street advertised in 1738, the sale of mahogany 'tea tables, tea chests, tea-boards etc. all curiously [finely wrought] made and inlaid with fine figures of Brass and mother-of-pearl' (ibid., fig. 149, pl. XXIV and The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 434).
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