11 - 12 June 2003
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY SILVER TABLE
Of George III style, the serpentine rectangular top with pierced fretwork gallery above a serpentine frieze carved with blind fret and above a foliate carved waved apron, on eight tapering legs paired at the eared corners of the top, and joined by a bar stretcher pierced with a quatrefoil, on pierced bulbous quatrefoil feet, restorations and replacements to gallery, inscribed indistinctly in chalk to the underside BAER
45in. (114.5cm.) wide; 31in. (79cm.) high; 27in. (69cm.) deep
Almost certainly H. Percy Dean, Esq, Bridgefoot House, Iver, Buckinghamshire until sold in these Rooms, 14 June 1909, lot 37.
Almost certainly A.M.Thomas.
Almost certainly with M.Harris and Sons.
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Percy Macquoid, A History of English Furniture, The Age of Mahogany, London, 1906, page 236, fig.219.
M.Harris and Sons, A Catalogue and Index of Old Furniture and Works of Decorative Art, Part II, London, nd, page 214.
The china display-table and its tea equipage formed part of the furnishings of the eighteenth century dressing-room that served as a fashionable salle de reception. This elegantly serpentined and scalloped table, with its fretted tray-gallery and hermed pillars on fretted vase feet, displays the fanciful combination of Chinese, Gothic, antique, and French elements that was described as 'Modern' in Thomas Chippendale's, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754, where its 'China Table' pattern appears in Plate XXXIV. The latter was reissued in the 3rd edition of 1762 (pl. L1); while a closely related pattern for the tray fret of this table features in J. Crunden's, The Joyner and Cabinet-Maker's Darling, 1765 (pl. 7).
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