A rare Charles I joined oak joined triangular table/cupboard Circa 1640
Lot 174
A rare Charles I oak joined triangular table/cupboard Circa 1640
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 29,622) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Charles I oak joined triangular table/cupboard
Circa 1640
Of credence table form, having a boarded octagonal top, over a triangular cupboard enclosed by a simple boarded door, raised on three peg baluster and cotton reel-turned legs, joined by channel-moulded rectangular-section stretchers, 66cm wide x 63.5cm deep x 70.5cm high, (25.5" wide x 25" deep x 27.5" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private collection of Maurice Goldstone, a renowned oak furniture dealer based in Bakewell in the 1950s. See Lot 225.

    Triangular based tables with octagonal tops are not unknown, however, the addition of a cupboard is extremely rare. A fixed top, rather than a fold-over top, in the manner of a credence table, is rarer still.

    Two octagonal top tables sold Syd Levethan: The Longridge Collection, Christie's, June 2010, Lot 1041 and Lot 1123.

    Comparative Literature: An example of a triangular cupboard table, with a fold-over top, dated to the early 17th century, is illustrated, S. W. Wolsey and R. W. P. Luff, Furniture in England: The Age of the Joiner (1968), figs. 70 & 71. An octagonal fold-over table, made of cedar, without a cupboard, is illustrated on the following page, figs. 72 & 73. P. Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Oak (1925), p. 212, fig. 182, illustrates a table 'triangular in shape, with an octagonal top, the legs of plain baluster form being divided into two tiers by a triangular shelf. These small tables are the first portable forms used for light refreshments'. The author dates the table to 1648. A further example with a cupboard, but designed with a fold-over octagonal top, so 'when the flap was not in use the table could be placed flush against the wall' is illustrated, ibid., p. 209, fig. 183. H. Cescinsky & E. Gribble, Early English Furniture and Woodwork (1922), p. 138, fig. 175, illustrates an 'oak corner table with hinged top', of triangular form, dated to 1650. Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1993), p. 303, fig. 3:107a/b, illustrates an octagonal folding-top table 'fitted with a cupboard and potshelf'.
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