A Queen Anne giltwood side tableIn the manner of James Moore
Lot 38
A Queen Anne giltwood side tableIn the manner of James Moore
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A Queen Anne giltwood side table
In the manner of James Moore
The rectangular top with re-entrant corners, carved in relief with arabesques centred on a cruciform acanthus motif on a ground decorated with circular punched motifs, above a concave freize centred by a C-scroll cartouche, on slender acanthus and shell carved cabriole legs with pad feet, 56.5cm wide, 40.5cm deep, 76cm high (22" wide, 15.5" deep, 29.5" high).


  • Provenance: Mallett, London

    James Moore (circa 1670 - October 1726) was an 18th-century cabinet maker in London who worked for George I. He was in partnership with John Gumley from 1714. As Royal cabinet-maker he supplied walnut and mahogany furniture for the Royal Household, the Royal Yacht, and the King's servants and mistresses, as well as the rich gilt gesso furniture for which he is best known but which constituted a small part of his output.

    Moore is especially known for gilt gesso furniture, tables looking-glass frames and candlestands. A pair of gilt gesso side tables bearing the crowned cypher of George I in the Royal Collection and the pair of candlestands en suite are incised with his name, an unusual practice at the time. At Erddig, gilt gesso furniture by Moore can be linked to surviving bills receipted by James Moore and John Belchier, 1722-26.

    Early references to Moore are in the Duke of Montagu's domestic expenses, 1708, and the entry in the Earl of Bristol's accounts, for "glass piers & sconces", 1710. Moore and his son, James Moore the younger, were among craftsmen furnishing Cannons for James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. A gilt gesso table from Stowe House, now at the Victoria and Albert is in the unmistakable style of James Moore; it bears the cypher and baron's coronet of Richard Temple, Lord Cobham, and can be dated 1714-18 on that basis. The succeeding royal cabinet-maker, Benjamin Goodison, trained in Moore's workshop.
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