Depth: 30 1/2" 77.5cm
Length: 84" 213cm
This superbly proportioned table is likely to be the work of the famous London cabinet making partnership, Mayhew & Ince. Comparisons may be made between the carved central entablature on this table and the carved motif repeated along the frieze of a commode supplied to George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea & 4th Earl of Nottingham for Burley-on-the-Hill, Rutland. More latterly in the Simon Sainsbury Collection. The similarities in treatment of the ribbons, the draped bell flowers and clasped seeds allows little doubt as to the validity of the attribution.
The table is made of mahogany, with a well patinated top which has faded to a glorious golden colour. It is beautifully carved with ribbons and swags, fluting and stop fluting and rosettes with trailing bell flowers. It is an excellent sign of the quality of this table that the sides and rear legs are decorated in the same manner as the front.
Christies. Simon Sainsbury Sale. 18th June 2008. vol.II, lot 250
R. Edwards & P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1954, vol II, p.52, fig.56