A pair of mid Victorian gilt bronze mounted satinwood, purpleheart and ebony parquetry occasional tables attributed to Donald Ross  (2)

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A pair of mid Victorian gilt bronze mounted satinwood, purpleheart and ebony parquetry occasional tables attributed to Donald Ross

Sold for £ 8,125 (US$ 11,004) inc. premium
A pair of mid Victorian gilt bronze mounted satinwood, purpleheart and ebony parquetry occasional tables attributed to Donald Ross
Each inlaid with dot-and-trellis fields, the top mounted with a ribbon wrapped moulded border with rosette cast angles, above a frieze drawer flanked by rosette angle mounts, on square tapering legs with brass fluted columnar caps, with a pierced galleried undertier, terminating in acanthus clasped sabots, 41cm wide x 35cm deep x 70cm high, (16in wide x 13 1/2in deep x 27 1/2in high) (2)

Footnotes

  • The distinctive dot and trellis parquetry on the present lot is characteristic of the furniture produced by Donald Ross, who in turn was inspired by its use on various pieces executed by the foremost French cabinet makers of the 18th century, such as Pierre Garnier and Jean-Henri Riesener.

    Ross's firm, which was located in Denmark Square in London, flourished during the third quarter of the 19th century. Also, Ross exhibited in the 1851 Great Exhibition alongside the most important designers and makers of the time. In 1928 Thomas Ross, who was Donald's son, wrote a letter addressed to the Victoria and Albert museum which refers to a related suite of Donald Ross furniture originally displayed at the Great Exhibition, which was subsequently sold to Queen Victoria via an agent called Freyburg.

    Other comparable dot and trellis parquetry tables are illustrated in C. Payne, European Furniture of the 19th Century, 2013, Suffolk, p. 291. Included among these is a virtually identical occasional table to the offered example. Also, another very similar table sold at Bonhams, London, 2 March 2011, lot 198.

    Literature
    C. Payne, European Furniture of the 19th Century, 2013, Suffolk.
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