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A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED CALAMANDER, ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT WRITING-TABLE
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A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED CALAMANDER, ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT WRITING-TABLE

IN THE MANNER OF THOMAS HOPE

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A REGENCY BRASS-INLAID AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED CALAMANDER, ROSEWOOD AND PARCEL-GILT WRITING-TABLE
In the manner of Thomas Hope
The later lacquered-brass balustraded gallery above a brass-inlaid rectangular top cross and featherbanded overall and inset with gilt-embossed green leather, the breakfront frieze with two frieze drawers to the front mounted with confronted seated lionesses and stylised palmette sprays, the sides and reverse similarly mounted, on pierced lyre-form trestle-end support wrapped with parcel-gilt stiff-leaves and above S-pattern sounding holes, on downswept monopodiae joined by a turned baluster foliate stretcher and with inset anti-friction castors, the raised balustraded gallery to the back a later addition and with pin-holes to the back edge for previous galllery
36in. (91.5cm.) high overall, including gallery; 29½in. (75cm.) high without gallery; 48¼in. (122.5cm) wide; 28¾in. (73cm.) deep
Provenance
The late Wilfred Evill, Esq., sold Sotheby's London, 12 July 1963, lot 102.
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Lot Essay

This writing-table, with its golden bronze and wood enrichments, is designed in the early 19th century 'antique' or Grecian style after the French manner introduced by the connoisseur Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. A similarly inspired writing or sofa table, with bronzed monopodiae and galleried top, was supplied around 1810 to Southill Park, Bedfordshire (M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1948, p. 124, fig. 130). Although the author of the Southill table is not documeneted, the Royal cabinet-makers Nicholas Morel and his partner Robert Hughes, as well as Messrs. Marsh and Tatham are known to have worked there.

Interestingly, the same distinctive palmette mounts to the frieze featured on the similar writing-table supplied to Peter, 5th Earl Cowper (d.1836) for Panshanger, Hertfordshire and sold by his descendant, Mrs. Julian Salmond in these Rooms, 16 November 1995, lot 29.

Frustratingly little is known of the late Wilfred Evill, other than as an ardent supporter both of Brighton Pavilion Furniture and of the Prince Regents taste. His distinguished collection collection of Regency furniture was sold at Sotheby's London, 12 July 1963.
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