Attributed to Henry Hill
England, circa 1765
An exceptionally rare George III amboyna and marquetry Pembroke table attributed to Henry Hill. The serpentine shaped top having butterfly shaped flaps, the marquetry top with finely figured amboyna. The front and back frieze decorated with floral inlay with paterae on either side. The turned tapering legs with fluted shafts divided by a gadrooned collar and standing on a plain turned foot.
Height: 28 in (71 cm)
Width with flaps down: 20½ in (52 cm)
Width with flaps open: 41 in (104 cm)
Depth: 32½ in (83 cm)
L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, 1994, pp. 64-73, figs. 46-50.
Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd, 2001, pp. 42-43
This George III marquetry Pembroke table of serpentine form is nearly identical to a table from Burderop, illustrated in Lucy Wood’s Catalogue of Commodes and was likely to have been purchased by Arabella Calley, who was a regular customer. There is a small group of tables by Hill all featuring this type of large scale parquetry, as well as a closely related commode in the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight.