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A PAIR OF REGENCY ROSEWOOD READING-TABLES
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A PAIR OF REGENCY ROSEWOOD READING-TABLES

POSSIBLY BY GEORGE OAKLEY, 1813-1819

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A PAIR OF REGENCY ROSEWOOD READING-TABLES
POSSIBLY BY GEORGE OAKLEY, 1813-1819
Each with rounded rectangular crossbanded hinged ratcheted top lined with black oil-cloth above a mahogany slide at one side and a fitted mahogany-lined drawer on the other, on a turned baluster shaft and inscrolled quadripartite legs with brass castors, one with luggage label inscribed 'Bedroom no. 2', one lacking dished pen-tray, the other lacking its ratchet for hinged top
29 in. (73.5 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 15½ in. (39.5 cm.) deep (2)
Provenance
Almost certainly supplied to James Henry Leigh (d. 1823) for Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire by George Oakley between 1813 and 1819, and by descent.
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Lot Essay

The early 19th century introduction of a living room, combining the 18th century formal parlour and library, is represented by the introduction of such tables at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire. Veneered in rosewood, which features the black-figuring or marbling favoured by contemporary 'Grecian' taste, and equipped with writing-drawers and candle-slides, their reeded and vase-enriched pillars are raised on Grecian-scrolled 'claws'. They would have served as 'sofa' tables in company with the Grecian black sofa acquired by J. H. Leigh in 1813 from the Bond Street court cabinet-maker George Oakley (d. 1841) and described as 'an ebonized Chaise Longue with Bolster end.' The latter was also en suite with Oakley's '12 Grecian Ebonized Chairs with brass ornaments', and in spite of no supporting documentation, it is almost certain that Oakley also provided these tables.

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