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A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES
A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES
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THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PETER ASCROFT, SHERFORD HOUSE, BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE (LOTS 256-275)
A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES

AFTER A DESIGN BY BATTY LANGLEY, CIRCA 1735-40

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A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD CONSOLE TABLES
AFTER A DESIGN BY BATTY LANGLEY, CIRCA 1735-40
Each with a red-veined rectangular marble top with cut corners above a foliate and strapwork frieze centred by a shell and pierced C-scrolls, on scrolled and guilloche legs hung with flower garlands joined by a stretcher with central foliate cartouche on lion paw feet, old damages and losses, regilt
32 ½ in. (83 cm.) high; 47 in. (120 cm.) wide; 25 in. (64 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 21 November 1974, lot 76
Sale room notice
It has been suggested that these tables relate to carved furniture at Palace Huis ten Bosch near The Hague which was remodelled by Daniel Marot circa 1740 - 42.

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Lot Essay

These French-styled console tables correspond to a design dated 1739 by Batty Langley (d.1751), published in his City and Country Builder’s and Workman’s Treasury of Designs, 1740, plate CXLIII . However the design was essentially plagiarised and actually derives from an earlier engraved plate in Nicolas Pineau’s Nouveaux Desseins de Pieds de Tables of 1732-39. Pineau was a leading designer and originator, together with Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier and Jacques de La Joue, of the genre pittoresque or French rococo style. His books were widely available in English provinces and American colonies provinces and he seems to have enjoyed a good reputation in London. His obituary in the London Advertiser and Literary Gazette, 6 March 1751 noted 'his great Integrity...in reducing the exorbitant Bills of such Workmen, who endeavoured to impose upon their Employers'.
Although Batty Langley is chiefly remembered for his role in the 18th century gothic revival the impact of his many publications played a significant part in promoting the rococo style as a reaction to the Palladian/Kentian movement that was prevalent in the first half of the 18th Century, and which was to provide the stimulus for furniture pattern books such as Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754. While Langley's designs rather discreetly reflect Parisian taste for a small but influential Francophile market, it was Chippendale who explicitly referred to 'French Chairs' and 'French Commode Tables'.

Related pier tables include a pair at The Vyne, Hampshire (NT 718877), and a single table at Uppark House, West Sussex (NT 137653). A similar table that closely relates to another design published by both Pineau and Langley, was sold anonymously Christie’s London, 3 November 2011, lot 49 ( sold after sale, £18,750 including premium).

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