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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE

POSSIBLY BY WRIGHT AND ELWICK

Details
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CONCERTINA-ACTION CARD-TABLE Possibly by Wright and Elwick The hinged serpentine rectangular top with foliate-trail border and green baize-lined playing-surface, with a waived apron and Gothic- panelled lozenge tapering legs with block feet, two hinges stamped 'H.TIBATS' 28 in. (73 cm.) high; 36 in. (91.5 cm.) wide; 17 in. (44.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Almost certainly bought by William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose (d. 1954) and by descent.

Lot Essay

This card-table has cusped quatrefoil panels at the top of the legs, a common stylistic trait that appears on some of the furniture attributed to the Yorkshire cabinet-makers, Wright and Elwick. Richard Wright and Edward Elwick were in partnership between 1747 and 1771, and their work is discussed in 'The Wentworth Cabinet-Maker: Wright and Elwick', Christie's Wentworth sale catalogue, 8 July 1998, pp. 110-112. The same panel appears on the doors of a commode (lot 69 in the Wentworth sale), the cresting of the Marchioness of Rockingham's Cabinet (lot 35 - the Wentworth sale) and the legs of a pembroke table (lot 62 - the Wentworth sale).

The Tibats hinge, which has been recorded on a group of card-tables, was illustrated in 1966 in P. Thornton, 'A Signed Hinge', Furniture History, 1966, pp. 44-45, pl. XXIII, fig. A.

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