A CHINESE-EXPORT MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID PADOUK CARD-TABLE TOP WITH A GEORGE II MAHOGANY BASE
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A CHINESE-EXPORT MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID PADOUK CARD-TABLE TOP WITH A GEORGE II MAHOGANY BASE

THE TOP MID-18TH CENTURY

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A CHINESE-EXPORT MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAID PADOUK CARD-TABLE TOP WITH A GEORGE II MAHOGANY BASE
The top mid-18th Century
The rounded eared hinged top enclosing a foliate-inlaid playing-surface with two counter-wells above a plain frieze, on club legs headed by lappets with pad feet, two ears replaced
29 in. (73.5 cm.) high; 32½ in. (82.5 cm.) wide; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep, closed
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Lot Essay

The Cantonese games-table top is serpentined with 'candlebearer' corners after the George II fashion featured on a music-desk pattern in a 1730s trade-sheet issued by the London cabinet-maker Thomas Potter (T. Murdoch and C. Gilbert, John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture, London, 1993, p. 19, fig. 11). Its central scalloped compartment is flowered with shell-inlay, like the candlebearers and adjoining counter-hollows. Such games/pier tables, imported by the East India Companies, provided appropriate furnishings for the 'India-paper' parlours that became fashionable at this period. The same India-flowered central compartment features on a similar baize-lined Chinese table illustrated ibid., pl. XIII.
A padouk card-table with a very closely-related mother-of-pearl inlaid playing-surface, was sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 25 October 1986, lot 147 and again, in these Rooms, 9 July 1992, lot 47.
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