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A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD PIER TABLES
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NEIL AND SHARON PHILLIPS (LOTS 20-50)
A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD PIER TABLES

CIRCA 1730

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A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD PIER TABLES
CIRCA 1730
Each with a later rectangular pink figured marble top above a frieze carved with bands of waterleaves and fluting, the pierced apron centered with a shell issuing oakleaf garlands and foliate scrolls, on acanthus-carved cabriole legs ending in hairy paw and ball feet, regilt
33 in. (84 cm.) high, 40¾ in. (103.5 cm.) wide, 23¼ in. (59 cm.) deep (2)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London 17 July 1975, lot 146.
with Partridge, London.

Lot Essay

The pair of marble-topped sideboard-tables are designed in the George II 'Roman' fashion with palm-and-acanthus wrapped cornices above antique-fluted friezes that are banded by flowered-ribbon moldings. Their acanthus-clasp cartouches display the shell badge of the nature-deity Venus garlanded by Jupiter's sacred oak that festoon from the flowered volutes of the truss-scrolled and patera-imbricated pilasters terminating in bacchic lion-paws. Such paws feature on a table-frame pattern in B.Langley's Treasury of Designs, 1745 (pl. 155)
The principal inspiration for these tables would appear to be a celebrated table that formed part of the furnishings supplied to Sir Robert Walpole for the rooms at Houghton Hall, Norfolk that were decorated under the guidance of the Rome-trained artist William Kent (d. 1748), while related cartouches featured on tables formerly in the H. Mulliner collection (F. Lenygon, Furniture in England, 1914, fig. 213).

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