A George III mahogany tripod table of 'English Rococo' design

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Lot 11TP
A George III mahogany tripod table of 'English Rococo' design

£ 12,000 - 18,000
US$ 15,000 - 23,000
A George III mahogany tripod table of 'English Rococo' design
Circa 1760, the hexagonal tilt-top with a flowerhead-and-ribbon moulded edge, on a part-cluster column and part-acanthus and bellflower wrapped baluster, each alternating column of the upper part with flowerhead-and-ribbon carving, with three adjoining addorsed twin C-scroll form downswept legs, each leg carved with foliate sprays and bead-and-reel, terminating in scroll feet and brass castors, 79cm wide x 78cm deep x 69cm high, (31in wide x 30 1/2in deep x 27in high)

Footnotes

  • A mahogany tripod table with a comparable double addorsed C-scroll base to the offered lot is illustrated in R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol III, 2000, New York, fig. 14, p. 206 and also appears in C.C. Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, 1989, Woodbridge, p. 302. Edwards dates the table circa 1750 whereas Stevens and Whittington refer to it as circa 1765. Another variant with this distinctive type of base features in L. Synge, Mallett's Great English Furniture,1991, London, fig. 123, p. 111.

    A tripod table with a twin-scrolled base and carved column similar to those elements on the present model sold Christie's, New York, 16 April 2002, Important English Furniture, lot 329. Further notable related examples include the following tripod tables sold: Sotheby's, New York, 16-17 April 1998, lot 901; Christie's, London, 6 July 2000, lot 104; Sotheby's, London, 26 November 2003, Important English Furniture, lot 49 and Sotheby's, London, 3 December 2013, A Gentleman's Collection, lot 346.

    Designs for 'English Rococo' candle stands with comparable C-scrolled terminations include various drawings by Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1763), third edition, pl.'s CXX, CXXII & CXLIV and Genteel Household Furniture in the Present Taste, a Society of Upholsterers (1765), second edition, pl. 72 from Part III. Whilst further designs for candle stands, tripods (then referred to as 'claw tables') and even fire screens with related bases also feature among drawings produced by William Ince and John Mayhew, The Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pl.'s XIII and LXVII and Genteel Household Furniture in the Present Taste, (1765), second edition, pl. 38 from Part II & pl. 91 from Part III.

    Literature
    R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol III, 2000, New York.
    C.C. Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, 1989, Woodbridge.
    L. Synge, Mallett's Great English Furniture,1991, London.
    The Pictorial Dictionary of British 18th Century Furniture Design, compiled by E. White, 2000, Woodbridge, pp.'s 287, 303-306 & 318.
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