A George I Burr Walnut Irish Card Table

Height: 28 ¼” 72cm
Width: 28 ¼” 72cm
Depth: 14” 36cm
Origination: 1725
Circa: Irish

The table relates to a group of pieces distinguished by their use of walnut & marquetry discussed by James Peill & the Knight of Glin in their book ‘Irish Furniture’. When speculating about the workshop, the authors consider it likely that the cabinet makers were sourcing the marquetry from a specialist and applying it to their furniture. Consideration is given to the possibility that the specialist might have been Dutch or at least the style was introduced into Ireland by a Dutch émigré worker.
The table is veneered in the finest burr walnut veneers which have developed a good colour and patination. It has a drawer in the frieze which is quite unusual and opens to a baize lined gaming surface with money-wells and candle-stands. It has great charm and a warmth to the wood which is appealing.

J. Peill & The Knight of Glin, Irish Furniture. Marquetry Furniture, p.50 – 58.

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