A fine George III satinwood, harewood, marquetry and giltwood side table
Lot 590W
A fine George III satinwood, harewood, marquetry and giltwood side table Possibly attributable to Seddon, Sons and Shackleton
Sold for AU$ 28,800 (US$ 26,956) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A fine George III satinwood, harewood, marquetry and giltwood side table
Possibly attributable to Seddon, Sons and Shackleton
the semi-elliptical top inlaid with central half fan and penwork trailing bell flowers and a harewood border inlaid with bell flower wreaths above a fluted frieze with central carved urn tablet on fluted square tapering legs headed by patera and doric capitals on moulded block feet, 248cm wide x 81cm deep x 92cm high, (97.5" wide x 31.5" deep x 36" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased from Mallett, New Bond Street, London in 1981.

    By repute from Basildon Park, Berkshire. Basildon Park was built between 1776 and 1783 for Francis Sykes. The house passed to a number of owners until it was rescued by the late Lord and Lady Illife in the 1950's, who restored and refurbished it before handing it over to the National Trust in 1978.

    In John Cornforth's article on Basildon House, Berkshire, he mentions the decoration of Basildon Park was ongoing until the autumn of 1784, "when the second of two payments totalling £800 was made to George Seddon, presumably the head of the large firm of cabinetmakers" (J. Cornforth, Country Life, Basildon Park, Berkshire, May 5, 1977, p. 1160).

    This table has several characteristics that are associated with the firm of Seddon, Sons and Shackleton whose partnership lasted from 1790-1798, including the satinwood top and border inlaid with bell flower wreaths. The cabinet-making firm established by George Seddon in the early 1750s was a prolific one. By 1786, a German novelist, Sophie von La Roche, noted in her travel journal that the firm employed over four hundred apprentices including glass-grinders, bronze-casters, carvers, gilders, painters, drapers and upholsterers, all of whom worked at the Aldersgate Street premises (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Furniture History Society; Maney, 1996, p.48). A comparable example of a pair of fine George III satinwood painted and parcel gilt demi-lune console tables in the manner of Seddon and Shackleton were sold Phillips London, 23rd November 1999, Lot 90.
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