The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017

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Lot no.


A George II mahogany harlequin table, circa 1740, attributed to Thomas Potter


Est: £2000–3000

A George II mahogany harlequin table, circa 1740, attributed to Thomas Potter, the twin folding top opening to a plain tea table interior and then again to a gilt tooled leather inset surface, the sprung action operated by the brass side handles rising from the leather inset surface, containing an arrangement of small drawers and pigeon holes, above a panelled frieze and turned tapering legs with pad feet, 75cm high when closed, 81cm wide, 41cm deep
A design for this table features on the trade card of Thomas Potter d.1789. For an illustration of the trade card see Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740 , Antique Collectors Club, 2009, page 140, plate 3:85. Thomas Potter was based in High Holborn and worked in partnership with John Kelsey. The firm supplied furniture to Richard Colt Hoare of Barn Elms in 1738. For a very closely related ‘harlequin’ table, see op.cit, page 265, plate 5:121. A table of this design is also at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, and is illustrated by C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, Volume III , Leeds, 1998, pages 658-660.

For a closely related example see Sothebys, Important English Furniture, 5th June 2007, lot 186

Marks, scratches and abrasions consitent with age and use
Please refer to additional images for visual refence to condition
Top hinged flap is constructed from three planks of timber
The plank forming the front edge of the top has some minor division on the left side where it joins with the adjacent plank (see image) so requires minor attention to secure
Metamorphic 'pop up' action operates well
Some small losses (see images)
In each rear corner of the top there is a small rectangular section above the hinge lacking, this may or may not be original
Two small fillets of timber repair/ replacement adjacent to right hinge of top visible when first hinged top is opened
To the moulding beneath the rear corners of the top there are some sections of replacement (see images)
Old ring marks, stains, fading and discolouration to leather inset
Leather inset likely later
Small drawers to rising section are lined with good quality mahogany
Escutcheon, lock and metalware all appear to be original but lacking key
Frieze bracket to rear edge of left side panel is a well matched later replacement

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Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am

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