A large early Victorian mahogany Livery Hall table formerly in Goldsmiths' Hall
Lot 96
A large early Victorian mahogany Livery Hall table
formerly in Goldsmiths' Hall
£3,000 - 5,000
US$ 4,900 - 8,200
amended

Lot Details
A large early Victorian mahogany Livery Hall table
formerly in Goldsmiths' Hall
second quarter 19th century, the solid four plank top with a moulded edge, on two corbel scrolled vertical end supports, terminating in plinth bases and recessed brass castors, possibly originally with a central vertical support, 372cm wide x 126cm deep x 74.5cm high, (146in wide x 49 1/2in deep x 29in high)

Footnotes

  • This Livery Hall table was originally housed inside Goldsmiths' Hall, the location of the historic Goldsmiths' Company since 1339. The current building, situated to the north east of St. Paul's Cathedral, was built under the direction of Philip Hardwick during the 1830s and is the third edifice belonging to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths upon this site. The Hall, which only just avoided complete annihilation during the Blitz, sustained grave structural and internal damage, consequently having to undergo major restoration following the Second World War.

    The present lot was formerly one of numerous tables which stood in the enormous Livery Hall where various ceremonial functions, formal dinners, receptions and business events continue to take place today. This extremely impressive, grandiose, yet refined room is crowned with a beautifully gilded ceiling above rows of scagliola Corinthian columns. The Goldsmiths' ceremonial plate appears within an arched opening of the north wall below the Royal arms of William IV. And flanking this niche are suitably regal Neoclassical marble busts depicting George III and George IV by the renowned sculptor, Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1841).

    The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths was established primarily to stamp their official seal of approval, generally known as a hallmark since the 15th century, upon those gold and silver items which were of sufficient quality. On top of this the Company was, and continues to be, in charge of overseeing or regulating the Goldsmiths' craft and business as a whole. http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/goldsmiths'-hall/

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that another identical table to the offered lot designed by Philip Hardwick circa 1835, which, as with the present example, was originally housed in the monumental Livery hall at the Goldsmiths' Company, sold Christie's London, 500 Years Decorative Arts Europe, 21st January 2010, lot 88.
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