A GEORGE III MAHOGANY ENVELOPE TABLE
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY ENVELOPE TABLE

THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY ENVELOPE TABLE
THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
The square folding top on a fluted column and part-fluted serpentine legs with octagonal spreading feet
29 in. (74 cm.) high; 19 in. (48 cm.) square, closed; 26¾ in. (68 cm.) square, open

Lot Essay

This form of extending table with infolding flaps was patented by A. G. Eckard in 1771. According to Eckard, this 'Portable Table' was '...so contrived as to answer all the Purposes of the Common Tables, and at the same time to lay in the compass of a small Box...the facility of changing the flaps at pleasure, the one of which being of any beautifull wood, and the other covered with green cloth, it will then occasionally serve either as a tea table or as a card or writing table'.

An example by Mayhew and Ince with a tripod base and parquetry-inlaid interior was supplied to Croome Court, Worcestershire, and now is in an English private collection. A table of this form with marquetry top is illustrated in G. Wills, English Furniture 1760-1900, London, 1971, fig. 90 and pl. 15. It was subsequently sold by R.B.W. Clarke, Esq., from Bridwell, Devon, at Bearne's Torquay, 14 October 1992, lot 26.

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