A George II burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded concertina-action card table in the manner of Giles Grendey
Lot 7
A George II burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded concertina-action card table in the manner of Giles Grendey
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 33,000 - 50,000
Lot Details
A George II burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded concertina-action card table
in the manner of Giles Grendey
The rectangular hinged top with square projecting corners enclosing a later baize interior on cabriole acanthus leaf and bellflower carved cabriole legs on claw and ball feet, 95cm wide, 47cm deep, 75cm high (37" wide, 18.5" deep, 29.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Similar cabriole legs with the large acanthus leaf trailing down the leg in combination with the claw and ball foot appear on a set on a set of twelve walnut dining chairs with Grendey's makers label formerly with Christopher Gibbs and illustrated in G.Gilbert, Marked London Furniture 1600-1840, Leeds 1996, p.242., pl.435. The pronounced overscroll to the top of the leg also appears on Grendey's suite of seat furniture from Gunton Park, Norfolk, a side chair and armchair from which are illustrated in P.Macquoid, A History of English Furniture: The Age of Mahogany, London 1906, vol.II, pp.122-123, figs 104 &105. Other chairs of the Gunton Park model have been recorded including one formerly in the Percival Griffiths Collection and illustrated in H.Cescinsky, English Furniture of the 18th Century, Vol.11, New York, p.86, fig 32.entury. The same overscroll also appears on the Ettington Park suite thought to have been supplied to the Hon.George Shirley (1705-1787), fifth son of The 1st Earl Ferrers and sold from the Ettington Park contents sale in 1946. A pair of Chairs from this suite was sold Christie's London, 4 July 2002, lot 20.

    Giles Grendey established his workshop at St. Paul's, Covent Garden by 1720, and moved to premises at Aylesbury House, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell just over two years later, where he was described as a 'Cabinet-Maker and Chair-Maker'. Unusually, he appears to have developed a thriving export trade, for when fire struck his premises on the morning of 3 August 1731, over one thousand pounds worth of furniture 'pack'd for Exportation against the next morning' was destroyed. Indeed, his most famous commission came from a Spanish client, the Duke of Infantado, for whose castle at Lazcano in northern Spain, Grendey supplied a seventy-two piece suite of scarlet-japanned seat and cabinet furniture between 1735-40, parts of which are now preserved in the museum collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Temple Newsam House, Leeds.
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