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A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND BURR-YEW HARLEQUIN PEMBROKE TABLE
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND BURR-YEW HARLEQUIN PEMBROKE TABLE
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND BURR-YEW HARLEQUIN PEMBROKE TABLE
A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND BURR-YEW HARLEQUIN PEMBROKE TABLE
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A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND BURR-YEW HARLEQUIN PEMBROKE TABLE

CIRCA 1785, IN THE MANNER OF HENRY KETTLE

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A GEORGE III SATINWOOD AND BURR-YEW HARLEQUIN PEMBROKE TABLE CIRCA 1785, IN THE MANNER OF HENRY KETTLE The rectangular tulipwood-banded twin-flap top with a rising compartment with pigeon-holes and mahogany-lined drawers, above two frieze drawers, on square tapering legs with brass caps and castors 28 in. (71 cm.) high; 37 ½ in. (95 cm.) wide, open; 28 ¾ in. (73 cm.) deep
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
Specified lots are being stored at Crozier Park Royal (details below) or will be removed from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot is at has been transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it will be available for collection from 12.00pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crozier Park Royal. All collections from Crozier Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm
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This ingenious table, which mechanically transforms itself from a conventional Pembroke table into a reading and writing table, is in the manner of Henry Kettle (1773-1797), cabinet maker and upholder (upholsterer), of 18 St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, and from 1774, no. 23, when Kettle took over the business of Philip Bell. It closely relates to a pair of Pembroke tables at Saltram, Devon, veneered with satinwood, cross-banded with kingwood and inlaid with oval and shaped rectangular mahogany panels, one of which bears Kettle’s trade label on the inside of a drawer (G. Wills, ‘Some Labelled Furniture at Saltram’, Furniture History, 1966, plate XVII; NT 871330). However, unlike the present table, the Saltram tables are not metamorphic. The Saltram collection also has a secretaire bookcase bearing Kettle’s trade label (NT 871382). Surviving bills at Saltram dating from 1796 and 1797 are headed ‘Oakley & Kettle’ suggesting a short-lived partnership with George Oakley, who had a workshop at no. 22 St. Paul’s Churchyard, presumably next door to Kettle’s premises at no. 23. As Kettle customarily placed a paper trade label on his work, where these survive, his furniture can be firmly identified. His labeled furniture includes bureau bookcases, chests of drawers, tables with drawers underneath and Pembroke tables (see C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, London, 1996, figs. 541-556). Much of the furniture for Ralph Leeke of Longford Hall, Shropshire, for which bills exist, was supplied in the early 1790s by Kettle (J. Cornforth, ‘Longford Hall, Shropshire: The Home of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hall’, Country Life, 16 August 1962, pp. 356-357).
Kettle’s distinctive style of satinwood veneers, cross-banding, stringing and mahogany panels corresponds closely to the work of Ince and Mayhew in his use of contrasting and striking timbers and the addition of block feet as found on the Saltram Pembroke tables. Therefore, it is interesting to note that both of these London cabinet-making firms had a Shropshire patronage – Kettle at Longford Hall, and Ince & Mayhew working for Sir Thomas Edwardes, a Shropshire baronet, in Marylebone (a set of four giltwood open armchairs and a giltwood stool en suite sold from the collection of the late Sir Jasper & Lady More, Linley Hall, Shropshire, Christie’s, London, 9 March 2016, lots 74 and 75).

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