Regency rosewood and brass inlaid Library table
Lot 227
Regency tulipwood, gilt-brass mounted and silver inlaid library table
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 40,506) inc. premium

Lot Details
Regency rosewood and brass inlaid Library table
Regency tulipwood, gilt-brass mounted and silver inlaid library table
in the manner of Thomas Hope, the manufacture possibly by George Oakley
The rectangular top inlaid with stylised flower spandrels and sycamore stringing, the frieze with a pair of real drawers opposed by simulated drawers, all retaining their original leopard mask handles, the end supports inlaid with paterae and lotus flowers flanked by opposing ebonised and parcel-gilt leopard monopodia issuing gilt-metal rings from their mouths, on a pair of plinths, 109cm wide, 59cm deep, 75cm high (42.5" wide, 23" deep, 29.5" high).

Footnotes

  • This distinctive stretcher pattern on the above lot appears on Regency rosewood and brass inlaid library table sold Bonhams London, 13 March 2007, lot 111. The table sold by Bonhams in 2007 also had anthemion and scroll carved spandrels which are the same pattern as those of the small group of library tables after a Thomas Hope design but now attributed to George Oakley. These include an example sold Bonhams London, 15 June 2011, lot 121 (£264,000), another table formerly owned by Hope's brother Henry Philip Hope (1774-1839) was sold Christie's London, 3 July 1997, lot 60 (£221,500) and a third example which has appeared on the market several times, latterly at Christie's London, 6 July 1989, lot 95.
    The above lot also shares certain features in common with other Regency pieces linked to the celebrated Regency designer Thomas Hope (1769-1831). The use of silver marquetry decoration can be found in Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807); the stylised flowerhead on the end support appears at the centre of the top-rail of a chair design which appears in plate XXIV, fig 3 and is notably described as being in mahogany and 'inlaid in metal and ebony'; the stylised tulip head to each end of the table appears on the base of a throne type armchair also illustrated as pl.LIX, fig 2.

    The ring tamed lion head handles appear on a writing table with end pedestals illustrated in Household Furniture as pl. XI, fig 1, this type of handle also appears on two different mahogany and ebony line inlaid drum tables relating to a design by Thomas Hope, one sold from the collection of Wilfred Evill, Sotheby's London, 12 July 1963, lot 107 and subsequently sold with a closely related table by Partridge, London, 1965, the two tables offered separately Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lots 62 and 63.

    The unusual choice of inlay in silver seen on the above lot appears on six known centre tables which are based on plate XXXIX in Hope's Household Furniture, where the accompanying text states 'Top and elevation of a round monopodium or table in mahogany inlaid in ebony and silver'. One of these tables is now in the collection of The V&A Museum and another, which was formerly one of the three tables of this type owned by the renowned Regency collector Edward Knoblock, is now on loan to The National Trust for Scotland. Hope is known to have owned either two or three versions of this centre table himself although it has not been possible to positively identify which of these tables they may be, see D.Watkin and P.Hewat Jaboor, Thomas Hope, Regency Designer, Yale 2008, p419-421.
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