John Cobb ladies writing table
Lot 66
A George III mahogany, yew, kingwood and floral marquetry ladies serpentine cheval writing table
Sold for £2,125 (US$ 3,523) inc. premium
Lot Details
A George III mahogany, yew, kingwood and floral marquetry ladies serpentine cheval writing table
Inlaid with satinwood, boxwood, ebony and harewood lines, the shaped top with a chequerbanded edge and lifting screens to the sides each inset with a shaped silk panel (distressed) above a slide inset with a green morocco leather writing surface above a shaped drawer, previously with divisions, on slender cabriole legs joined by a shaped undertier with chequer banded geometric lines, on brass cappings and castors, 67cm wide, 44cm deep, 76cm high (26" wide, 17" deep, 29.5" high).

Footnotes

  • A table of the same distinctive form is illustrated in L.Synge The Mallett Millennium, Suffolk, 1999, p.176, pl.216

    This form of ladies writing table evolved from a French patterns introduced in the 1750's by Pierre Langlois. An example of which was supplied to Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland, see P.Thornton and W.Rieder, Pierre Langlois, Ebeniste, part 4, The Connoisseur, April 1972, p.258, fig 4. A similar example attributed to John Cobb with flowerhead and trellis marquetry typical of Cobb's work was sold Bonhams London, 20 November 2007, lot 102 and another Bonhams London, 19 October 2011, lot 120.
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