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George III Serpentine Inlaid Writing Dressing Table


£4,400 | $5,859 USD | €4,985 EUR
Item Number: SA662894
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Box House Antiques
This antique has been viewed 18 times in the past month with the most views from the United States.


A fine George III period sabicu and goncalo alves* serpentine writing/ dressing table.
In the manner of master cabinet-maker Pierre Langlois, ca 1770.
Of great colour, condition and surface patina.
The serpentine top inset with a blue, gilt-tooled leather writing surface.
The frieze with one long silk-lined, side-fitted cockbeaded drawer below a simulated slide.
The reverse simulated to match with a working slide to the front, also fitted with a blue tooled leather writing surface. Raised on elegant slender cabriole legs in the French taste, with four sabicu inlaid reserves, and united by a concave-fronted platform stetcher. The reverse with a rising slide fitted with a pleated blue silk panel. Retaining its apparently original brass mounts.
This lovely antique English table would make a useful small side/ lamp/ occasional table.
A closely related writing table, lacking its screen, sold at Christies London 13th April, 1989, lot 68, for £7,700.00.
See a similar table sold in New York, 16th April 2002, lot 41, sale no. 1146, for £8,500.00.
A very similar table, but lacking its undertier, was sold in Christies, New York, 21 Oct 1999, lot 87, for $27,600.00.
For further reading see below:
This form of elegant Georgian ladies writing/ dressing table is based on mid 18th century French designs introduced by the eminent cabinet-maker Pierre Langlois (fl.1759-1781) and illustrated on his trade card. Vis. V&A museum,
A table of the same distinctive form is illustrated in L. Synge 'The Mallett Millennium', Suffolk, 1999, p. 176, pl. 21.
Langlois must have trained in one of the best Paris marquetry workshops, possibly that of Jean-Francois Oeben (1721-1763). Langlois shared his London premises in Tottenham Court Road with his son-in-law, the bronze caster and gilder Dominique Jean, who made the mounts for his furniture. Langlois’ London clients included John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford (1710-1771), George William, 6th Earl of Coventry (1722-1809), and Horace Walpole. He sent furniture to Lady Louisa Connolly in Ireland at Castletown House, County Kildare, and to Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland, at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Langlois is known to have supplied a similar table to the Duchess of Northumberland in the early 1760’s.
Cobb’s designs in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace.
This table shows clear French influence adopted by both John Cobb and Thomas Chippendale.
A similar table was supplied to Nostell Priory in 1766 for Sir Rowland Winn (d. 1785), and is illustrated in A. Coleridge’s ‘Chippendale Furniture’, London, 1968, plate 354.
For further refs. to Langlois see P. Thornton & W. Rieder ‘Pierre Langlois Ebeniste’ Part 4, The Connoisseur, April 1972, p. 258, fig. 4.
Another eminent cabinet-maker associated with these fine tables is John Cobb (1710-1778) of St Martin’s Lane, London, (son-in-law of Giles Grendey).
John Cobb syndicated in 1750 with William Vile. Vile and Cobb supplied furniture to the leading patrons of the day including George III and Queen Charlotte, the 1st Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall, the 4th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth, and the 4th Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey.
A table of very similar form, but in tulip and rosewood, was made for Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, and is illustrated in Christopher Gilbert’s, ‘The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale', London, 1978, vol. II, fig. 436.
For similarities in the treatment of the serpentine skirt, cockbeaded simulated drawers and delicately slender ‘French’ cabriole legs see Christie’s Catalogue of ‘The Samuel Messer Collection’ 5th December 1991, p. 153, lot 116, and lot 115, p. 152.
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA illustrates on p. 611, fig. 5, a related ‘'Walnut Work Table on slender cabriole legs; screen pulls up; ca. 1770 (Donaldson Collection). Sher
Est. 1957
Internal Ref: BHA918-1


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 75 cm (29.5")
Width = 63.5 cm (25.0")
Depth = 43.2 cm (17.0")

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