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AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY GAMES-TABLE
AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY GAMES-TABLE

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AN IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY GAMES-TABLE The rectangular reversible top with green baize-lined playing-surface and counter-wells to one side, above a backgammon board with foliage panels, the sides with candle-slides, the front with a chessboard, on cabriole legs and faceted pad feet, with printed paper label to the underside, 'R. C. KNIGHT AND SONS' and inscribed in ink 'LUCAN H Office L 126' 28 in. (71 cm.) high; 31 in. (79.5 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Possibly the Colthurst-Vesey or the O'Conor family, Lucan House, Co. Dublin (now the Italian Embassy).
The Bell family, Adelaide Park, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Lot Essay

Other tables of this unusual form include one at Glin Castle, Co. Limerick, illustrated in D. FitzGerald, 'Irish Furniture', The Irish Heritage Series, 1978, no. 16, pl. 24. It has recently been illustrated again in the context of the Irish influence on Virginian furniture (Ronald L. Hurst, 'Irish influences on Cabinetmaking in Virginia's Rappahannock River Basin', American Furniture, 1997, p. 175, fig. 9). Another of the plain style of the Glin table was sold by the Mary C. Belin Trust, Christie's New York, 12 October 1996, lot 46.
A table of this form and with claw-and-ball feet (most of the others have panelled, almost octagonal, feet) and inlaid with distinctively Irish arabesque marquetry on the knees was sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 9 October 1993, lot 319 and another with claw feet was sold from Hackwood Park, Hampshire, Christie's house sale, 16 April 1998, lot 36.

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