An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30 Popularly referred to as credence-table form
Lot 302
An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30
Popularly referred to as credence-table form
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 30,262) inc. premium

Lot Details
An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30 Popularly referred to as credence-table form An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30 Popularly referred to as credence-table form An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30 Popularly referred to as credence-table form An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30 Popularly referred to as credence-table form An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30 Popularly referred to as credence-table form
An exceptionally rare small early 17th century oak upright side table, possibly Salisbury, circa 1620-30
Popularly referred to as credence-table form
The thin boarded top of canted-sided form with triple-reeding to the sides and front edges, three arched friezes each with convex-cusped lower-edge and carved leaf-filled spandrels, raised on multiple ring-turned tapering legs, above a boarded undertier and joined by channel-moulded and chain-carved base-rails, each lower front leg block bearing the initial T and P respectively, unusually the initials are inlaid in pewter, 58cm wide x 34cm deep x 86cm high, (22 1/2in wide x 13in deep x 33 1/2in high)

Footnotes

  • Although the table's form is now popularly described as credence-type, this lot was originally conceived as a side table. It never had a folding top, with a rear support gate, and as such was never intended for use as a credence table. A more accurate description would perhaps be a court cup-board as described in Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture The British Tradition, p. 315, in the sense that it is an 'open'-piece of furniture, constructed without cupboard doors, and consequently made primarily for display. A table of similar form illustrated ibid., p. 315, figure 3:248.

    Several examples of panel-back armchairs, attributed to Salisbury and dated 1580-1630, are illustrated ibid., pp.452 - 453. Many demonstrate the regional characteristics as found on this table. In particular, two rings turned in close proximity as found on the legs; the chain-decoration or running S-carving to the rails; and the classic leaf-filled spandrels. An aforementioned credence-type table, also attributed to Salisbury, with marked similarities to this lot is illustrated p. 454, figure 4:78.

    The initials, inlaid in pewter, are unusual. The style of the lettering is contemporary to the piece and likely to be those of the original owner.
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