A pair of George III satinwood and painted and tulipwood banded semi-circular card tables
Lot 101
A pair of George III satinwood, painted and inlaid semi-circular card tablesin the manner of Seddon, Sons & Shackleton
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 36,239) inc. premium
Auction Details
A pair of George III satinwood and painted and tulipwood banded semi-circular card tables
Lot Details
A pair of George III satinwood, painted and inlaid semi-circular card tables
in the manner of Seddon, Sons & Shackleton
The folding, baize-lined tops inlaid with bands of sycamore decorated with painted flowers, on tapered square leg, inlaid throughout with tulipwood bandings and stringing, 92cm wide, 45cm deep, 73cm high (36" wide, 17.5" deep, 28.5" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Jeremy Ltd., London, 1970
    Thence to the present privately-owned collection

    The above lot features sophisticated painted decoration associated with the firm of Seddon. In around 1790 George Seddon took his son-in-law Thomas Shackleton into the business and they traded as Seddon Son and Shackleton from 150 Aldersgate Street. Painted furniture from this period is known to have been a feature of the firm's output thanks to two documented commissions, Hauteville House, St Peter Port, Guernsey (1790) and Bridwell House, Dorset (1792-3). The Hauteville commission included a set of eighteen painted satinwood elbow chairs with three matching window seats (see 'A Catalogue and Index of old Furniture and Works of Decorative Art, Pt III', M. Harris and Sons, p.386-9, and the Bridwell commission, a satinwood card table and pair of Pembroke tables, see C.Gilbert and G.Beard, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pp.796-7.)

    The firm of Seddon (1753-1868) was the largest furniture making firm in London in the last quarter of the 18th century, yet few labelled or documented pieces are known so it is difficult to typify a definition of the house style. It was remarked by Sophie von La Roche during her visit to Seddon's showroom in 1786, that Seddon was, 'constantly devising new forms'.
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