A Regency mahogany serving table, attributed to William Trotter
Lot 91
A Regency mahogany serving table, attributed to William Trotter
Sold for £5,250 (US$ 8,578) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Regency mahogany serving table, attributed to William Trotter
The breakfront top with rounded sides, on four reeded scrolling legs each headed by a carved palmette lappet, 243cm wide, 73cm deep, 92cm high (95.5" wide, 28.5" deep, 36" high).

Footnotes

  • Closely related supports appear on various tables supplied by William Trotter for Paxton, (see F.Bamford, A Dictionary of Edinburgh Furniture Makers, Leeds, 1983, pl.54A, 54B, 55A).

    William Trotter (1772-1833), an eminent Scottish cabinetmaker, traded from 9 Princes Street (the site on which the 'Balmoral Hotel' stands today). He was born into a family of merchants, descended on the maternal side from the family of John Knox, and around 1790 he entered his father's employment. He became a member of The Merchant Company in 1797 and by 1809 he was sole proprietor of the firm Young & Trotter. In 1814-15 he furnished the library and picture gallery which the architect Robert Reid had added to Paxton House for George Home. His work was characterised by the use of fine quality materials, bold carving and the occasional use of brass inlay, and he was always acutely aware of his customers' expectations. At Paxton in particular he created a number of pieces specifically intended to display marble tablets collected by George Home on a Grand Tour in the 1770's, and in his letter accompanying his initial estimate for the work he wrote 'I mean them all of solid rose wood- and would wish as much carving upon them as possible'. (Sebastian Pryke, Paxton House, Berwickshire - II, Country Life, 6 May, 1993, p.62). In 1819 he was elected master of The Merchant Company and from 1825-27 he was Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
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