The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
A George I giltwood and gesso console table , circa 1720
A George I giltwood and gesso console table , circa 1720, the gadrooned oblong top incised with a symmetrical arrangement of strapwork and foliage and patera above a leaf decorated moulded frieze and espagnolette mask apron on winged Melusine with a scrolling frieze, 78cm high, 93cm wide, 54cm deep
Provenance: From the estate of Philippa Bradstock of Longbottom House, Biddesden
Related giltwood side tables include a George II Irish example with a bass relief top, sold Christie’s, South Kensington `Property From Encombe, Dorset & La Chasse, Jersey’, 23 January 2007, lot 226 and another George II example sold by the same auction house, New York, 18 October 2001, lot 148.
The present table features caryatid supports which are characteristic of those seen on Dutch giltwood or silvered cabinet stands of the late 17 th century. Typically stands of this kind were supplied for 17 th century Chinese or Japanese lacquer cabinets which had been exported to the West via the Dutch and English East India Companies. The form of the supports is inconsistent with the more advanced design of the top and frieze which relate to the work of the Royal cabinet-maker James Moore (d. 1726) who supplied gilt furniture of a similar genre to Hampton Court and Stowe, Buckinghamshire. A further aspect of this table illustrating its hybrid design is the distinctive mask to the frieze which has affinities with those exhibited on Irish tables of the first half of the 18 th century (See James Peill , the Knight of Glin and James Peill, 1rish Furniture, Yale University Press, 2007).
Marks, wear, scratches and abrasions comensurate with age and use
Old splits and chips. Some losses.
Please refer to the additional images for visual reference to condition and losses.
The underside of the top has previously been painted and shows evidence of a sketched design that seems to relate to the design of the top
The reverse side of the frieze has also had a yellow coloured wash applied. This all appears to be honest and not trying to disguise.
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
10am - 2pm
Monday 20 November
9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 21 November
9.00am - 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am