21 June 2004
A VICTORIAN ANTIQUARIAN OAK SERVING-TABLE
MID-19TH CENTURY, INCORPORATING SOME EARLIER CARVED ELEMENTS, POSSIBLY ADAPTED BY A.W.N. PUGIN
The rectangular top with a leaf-carved border with a pair of carved frieze drawers, on leaf-decorated and cup and cover legs
38 in. (96.5 cm.) high; 72 in. (183 cm.) wide; 26 in. (66 cm.) deep
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Shown illustrated in the Red Drawing Room, Chirk Castle, watercolour by the Hon. Mary Wombwell, 1862.
Illustrated in situ in the Corridor at 'Chirk Castle', Country Life, 5 October 1951, fig.8.
This richly carved pier-table, with 'Elizabethan' vase-baluster legs, was probably commissioned in the 1840s for Chirk's Red Drawing Room by Colonel Robert Myddelton Biddulph, and is designed en suite with the room's central 'loo' table and sofa-table (Lots 150 and 158). It appears in the window-pier in a March 1862 watercolour of the room executed by the Hon Mrs Mary Wombwell (from an album retained by the Myddelton family).
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