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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE DRESSING-TABLE
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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE DRESSING-TABLE

IN THE MANNER OF JOHN COBB, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE DRESSING-TABLE
IN THE MANNER OF JOHN COBB, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
The serpentine shaped top divided in the centre as two fold out panelled lids, enclosing a fitted interior with lidded boxes, drawer divides and two pin-cushions, above a shaped frieze with five false drawers and one mahogany-lined drawer, on cabriole legs headed by moulded foliage, on tapering block feet with leather castors
30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 32½ in. (82.5 cm.) wide; 23½ in. (59.5 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

An almost identical serpentine dressing-table but fitted with two rococo handles at each end was sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 22 May 1992, lot 248 (£12,100). Although not attributed to the St Martin's Lane and Royal cabinet-maker John Cobb, both tables are very much in the style associated with his workshop. A bill dated 1 May 1774 from Cobb to Sir John Griffin Griffin, Bt., of Audley End, Essex records that he supplied '...2 Large Mahogany night tables the top parts made to open with catch locks' (G. Beard & C. Gilbert (eds.), Dictioanry of English Furniture 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 183).

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