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A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE TEA-TABLES
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A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE TEA-TABLES

THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE TEA-TABLES
THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
Each with a shaped rectangular top with a guilloche and flowerhead-carved edge above a frieze with a gadrooned edge, on tapering turned and fluted legs, headed by panelled foliate blocks and with turned feet, one with black plastic Norman Adams label, and with two hand-written paper labels 'R.F.BUTLER 21-10-71' numbered '34' and '45' respectively, the feet added
31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 38 in. (97 cm.) wide; 18½ in (47 cm.) deep (2)
Provenance
R. F. Butler, 21 October 1971.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 24 February 1994, lot 128.
Bought from Norman Adams Ltd.
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Lot Essay

These beautiful mahogany window-pier tables are designed in the George III 'antique' manner with cupid-bowed and columnar cornered tops. Their marbling with Roman-medallion figuring is echoed by the reeded borders' festive oval medallioned ribbon-guilloche; and the latter is antique-stippled and flowered with Roman foliage en suite with tablets of acanthus rainceaux that project above the columnar, fluted and herm-tapered legs. The gadrooned edge would have harmonised with the frames of contemporary oval-backed chairs, conceived in the French 'cabriolet' style. During the 1760s, the court architect Robert Adam (d.1792) promoted the introduction of useful hinged-tops for tea or card-tables rather than marble slabs in the piers of fashionable London drawing-rooms. Similar legs, with Pan-reeded capitals, featured on stools designed around 1770 by Thomas Chippendale (d.1778) for the rooms decorated by Adam at Mersham-le-Hatch, Kent (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig. 389)

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