Friday 6 July 2018
This little Chippendale table sold at Sotheby's in July for £386,500. The marquetry top is typical of the delicate mid-Georgian period and particularly of Chippendale's workshop. This is of a type known as a 'pier table' and is approximately 1.4m wide. It is intended to stand against the wall between two tall windows and very often had a mirror directly above. The crossbanding around the edge is in tulipwood (lLiriodendron tulipifera). It was almost certainly made for Harewood House, Yorkshire – for more information, click here – which has a large collection of Chippendale furniture. The style is known as neoclassical, which was promoted by the designer Robert Adam in the late 1760s. All the neo-classical elements are there, including rosettes, bell-flowers, pearl-framed oval paterae at the top of the slender fluted legs and very elegant marquetry.
George III pier table in fruitwood and tulipwood with marquetry and giltwood, c.1772, by Thomas Chippendale – PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SOTHEBY'S