The present lot is one of '2 Wainscott Dumb Waiters, carved claws, with brass columns -- 10.10.00' recorded in John Williams' Invoice to 'His Grace The Duke of Bedford', dated 11 July 1814.
John Williams (d.1819) is recorded in G. Beard and C. Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, FHS, 1986, as working in the parish of St. Mary Major, Exeter, Devon between 1812-19.
This example, commissioned in 1813 by the 6th Duke of Bedford, was executed in 'Wainscot' oak en suite with Endsleigh's banqueting hall and dining room furniture. The Grecian-scrolled 'claws' are fretted with a ribbon-scrolled guilloche derived from that in Palmyra's Apollo Temple (R.Woods, Ruins of Palmyra, 1753); and it is designed en suite with Jeffry Wyatt's hall chair pattern (see illustration of the pattern on page.....). The hall chair pattern includes a detail of the design of a ribbon-scrolled guilloche which is almost identical to that on the legs of the present dumb-waiter.