6 April 2000
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SERPENTINE SERVING-TABLE
The shaped moulded top above a plain frieze, on square chamfered legs, the underside with an illegible letter and a further label inscribed in black pen 'Mrs Cliet... Pa..red This sidebo... and ... to theatre as the taught spanish for ... ... the 16th of ... 1876 (signed ...), Cardington (?) Beds and was buried at Bl...My aunt Laura was given this sideboard by Lady Madeline Palmer (?) who inherited it from her mother the Duchess of Gordon... (follows an extract from Burke's Peerage about the Dukes of Gordon)', the reverse with plastic label for 'NORMAN ADAMS'
36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 56¼ in. (143 cm.) wide; 26¾ in. (68 cm.) deep
According to a barely legible Victorian label on the underside, this table was given to the writer's aunt Laura by Lady Madeline (?) Palmer who had inherited it from her mother the Duchess of Gordon. The last Duchess of Gordon (1794-1864) was a well-known Victorian evangelical but she did not have any children.
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