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George III Satinwood Lady’s Work Table (c. 1790 England)

Attributed to THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Contact Information
Dealer

Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Contact

Jonathan Coulborn

Address

Vesey Manor,
64 Birmingham Road,
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1QP,
England

Opening hours

Open Monday-Friday 9.30-1, 2-5.30; Please telephone for weekend and evening opening

Phone/Fax
Landline:
+44 (0)121-354 3974
Mobile:
+44 (0)7941 252299
Fairs

BADA Fair, Masterpiece London, The Winter Antiques Show New York

Email

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Website

www.coulborn.com

Established

1944

Elected to membership

1972

   
Medium

Satinwood; kingwood; purpleheart.

Dimensions

51.00cm wide 77.00cm high 38.00cm deep (20.08 inches wide 30.31 inches high 14.96 inches deep)

Description / Expertise

The table fitted with a sliding fire screen, a drawer with ink wells and a pen tray, a writing slide, and an adjustable reading slope. Decorated with purple heart banding and kingwood cross-banding. Supported on tapering legs and set on original castors, formerly with a pull-out work pouch.

A similar satinwood work table of the same dimensions with mahogany stringing and brass handles, which is dated 1785-1800, is illustrated in Ralph Fastnedge’s ‘Sheraton Furniture’ (Faber and Faber, 1962), plate 50. This table is in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection (Museum number: W.59-1927). It is currently on loan to the Bath Preservation Trust and is on display at 1 Royal Crescent, Bath (http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O371928/work-table/).

In ‘The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book’, Thomas Sheraton’s design for ‘A Reading & Writing Table’, plate 44, published on 16th July 1792, bears likenesses with our work table (Thomas Sheraton, ‘The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book’, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1972). Sheraton’s design for ‘A Screen Table’, plate 43, published on 27th September 1792 also reveals similarities of design with our work table, which is underlined in the accompanying notes: ‘This table is intended for a lady to write or work at near the fire; the screen part behind securing her face from its injuries. There is a drawer below the slider, and the slider is lined with green cloth.’ (Thomas Sheraton, ‘The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book’, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1972, p.93). Both Sheraton’s table designs include cross-banding, as in this example.

Stock Code

500a

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