A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam
Lot 92
A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy
in the manner of Robert Adam
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 68,000 - 100,000
Auction Details
A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy in the manner of Robert Adam
Lot Details
A George III satinwood and carved mahogany dining room pedestal together with a later copy
in the manner of Robert Adam
The lidded classical urns with pine-cone finials, one enclosing a lead liner, above ovoid bodies with guilloche borders and applied ram's heads and swagged bellflowers, with male and female portrait medallions, above stiff leaves and fluted collars, on stiff leaf carved socle bases and stepped plinths; the square pedestal tops with leaf moulded edges, each front carved with classical urns flanked by scrolling acanthus and grotesque masks, above scrolling riband tied acanthus flanked by angled pilasters, headed by leaf and pine-cone carving with trailing bellflowers, on plinth bases, one pedestal enclosing a lead lined drawer and shelf, with a concealed tap in the top, the later copy entirely in mahogany, each 56cm wide, 56cm deep, 189cm high, (22" wide, 22" deep, 74" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • A related pair of George III carved mahogany sideboard pedestals and urns with applied carving to the pedestals and similar urns are illustrated by F.Lewis Hinckley, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and Regency Furniture, London 1990, p.229. An urn of closely related form with similar lotus leaf banding and swagged husks and medallions forms part of a cast iron stove for the Saloon at Castle Coole, Co.Fermanagh by Carron Iron Co., Falkirk, Scotland (the house designed by James Wyatt), see H.Montgomery Massingbird and C.Simon Sykes, Great Houses of Ireland, London, 1999, p.11. Other Stove urns of this type include one in the collection at Temple Newsam, see C.Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall, Bradford, 1978,Vol III., p.629, Fig.773 and another formerly at Compton Place, Sussex and now in the collection of the V&A (M.3-1920).

    Similar shaped painted urns and pedestals with applied decoration to the pedestals were designed by Robert Adam and supplied to the re-modelled dining room at Saltram circa 1780 and are illustrated in R.Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London 1954, Vol III, p.139, fig.5. Designs for related urns with carved pedestals were published by George Hepplewhite in his 'The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide, third edition, 1794, pl.35&36.

    Sideboard pedestals and urns became fashionable in the 1760s. The pedestals themselves provides extra storage and often contained a plate warmer or cellaret drawer. The urns were normally lined to hold either iced water or water for rinsing cutlery in the dining room. Sheraton wrote in his Cabinet-Makers' and Upholsterers' Encyclopoedia (1805) that 'Pedestals with vases at each end of the sideboard, one was used as a plate warmer, while the other sometimes contained a cellaret for wine while the vases 'are used for water for the use of the butler, and sometimes made of copper japanned, but generally of mahogany'.
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