A George II style carved pine eagle console table  by James Walker in the manner of William Kent
Lot 36
A George II style carved pine eagle console table by James Walker in the manner of William Kent
Sold for £2,875 (US$ 4,829) inc. premium
Lot Details
A George II style carved pine eagle console table by James Walker
in the manner of William Kent
The rectangular black and white veined marble top above a riband tied paterae and ogee moulded frieze, above a spread eagle on rockwork and a square riband and paterae moulded plinth base, 74cm wide, 47cm deep, 83cm high (29" wide, 18.5" deep, 32.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: James Walker (1891-1958), by direct decent to the current owners.

    James Walker was born in 1891 near Glasgow and died in 1958 at Frien Barnet, London. At 15 years old he was apprenticed to Robsons of Newcastle, makers of 'high-class' furniture and at 20 he was employed by a firm of cabinet-makers in High Wycombe, who specialised in reproduction furniture. After the Great War in 1919 he decided to set up his own studio in London at 121a Oxford Street, London.

    As James became highly skilled as a carver in wood and stone his reputation grew and he began working for the leading ecclesiastical architects of the day, such as Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. He carried out work and restoration work for Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the St Michael & St George Chapel at St Paul's Cathedral and many large country houses. He carried out all of the carving for the dining room of the Mauretania.

    An article in The Daily Mail dated the 31st October 1938 reported the reopening of the chapel at Marlborough House, London, the residence of Queen Mary. It showed James Walker at work, he had created a new altar-piece and made various 'improvements' to the chapel. He said, "I try to get the spirit of Grinling Gibbons' work into my carvings as much as I can....I am always studying what he has done".
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