THOMAS BUTLER, CIRCA 1810
THOMAS BUTLER, CIRCA 1810
THOMAS BUTLER, CIRCA 1810
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THOMAS BUTLER, CIRCA 1810

A REGENCY MAHOGANY EXTENDING DINING-TABLE

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THOMAS BUTLER, CIRCA 1810
A REGENCY MAHOGANY EXTENDING DINING-TABLE
The associated rounded rectangular top with reeded edge and three additional associated leaves, above a plain frieze with reeded lower edge on ring-turned and reeded legs with brass caps and castors, with brass plate to the extending mechanism 'BUTLER'S PATENT No 13 & 14 Catherine St Strand.'
28 3⁄8 in. (72 cm.) high; 55 in. (140 cm.) long, closed; 112 3⁄4 in. (286.5 cm.) long, fully extended; 49 3⁄4 in. (126.5 cm.) wide
Provenance
Sotheby & Co. (according to label).
Acquired from Norman Adams, London.
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Lot Essay


The firm of Thomas Butler was established at 14 Catherine Street, Strand, from 1787, although Butler had traded at the premises with a partner - probably Edward Johnson - from 1784. In 1800 he sold the business to Thomas Oxenham, after which it moved to Oxford Street. Shortly afterwards he set up business again under his own name from the same premises and in around 1802 purchased the adjoining property, 13 Catherine Street. By 1814, Butler had retired for good and by 1816 his great rivals Morgan & Sanders, who traded from 16 and 17 Catherine Street, had taken over 'a considerable part of Mr Butler's late Ware-rooms'. Butler specialised in producing patent furniture (although does not appear to have taken out any of his own patents) and pieces produced by his workshop were made for easy disassembly and included 'campaign' furniture 'particularly adapted and for Travelling and EXPORTATION', according to his pictorial hand bill (C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1660-1840, Leeds, 1996, pp. 20, 125-131). Two tables closely related to the present lot are illustrated by Gilbert (ibid., p. 130, figs. 177 & 178).

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