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An outstanding and extremely rare pair of Irish late 18th century Adam period sycamore, satinwood and marquetry side tables by William Moore of Dublin, each having semi elliptical top with cross banded edge and chevron stringing finely banded with anthemion inlay, veneered in ripple sycamore with ribbon tied flower festoons centred by a boxwood lunette and semi sunflower motif, above a cross-banded satinwood frieze with classical urn and anthemion inlay connected with husk swags; on square tapering cross-banded legs with husk trail inlay terminating in roundel inlaid blocked feet.

Note: The frieze design to these extraordinary tables corresponds in great detail to the frieze of a commode attributed to Moore, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and that of a pair of tables in the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, attributed to the same maker; all share the same design, inlay and choice of woods. A commode with very similar inlay bearing an ivory label stating it was 'made by William Moore of Dublin for the third Duke of Portland in 1782, when he was Viceroy of Ireland' was formerly in the collection of the Duke of Portland. Furthermore a commode with similar inlay is at Corsham Court in Wiltshire, where a bill from Moore dated 1772 survives.

Literature: Country Life Magazine vol. XCIX, 3rd May 1946, W.A. Thorpe, ‘William Moore, Inlayer’, p. 807.
Ralph Edwards and Percy Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, revised edition, 1954, vol. II, London 1954, p. 122, figs. 32, 33.
Desmond Fitz-Gerald, ‘Georgian Furniture’, London 1969, item 108.
Sotheby & Co, ‘A Collection of English Furniture formed by a Gentleman residing in New York’, 27-28th June 1974, pp. 256-7, item 142.
F. Lewis Hinckley, ‘Hepplewhite Sheraton & Regency Furniture’, New York, 1987, pp. 175, 177 & 178, plates 141, 143 & 144.

Illustrated:
Irish Arts Review Yearbook 2002, vol. 18, R. Ruddy, ‘Every Article in the inlaid way, The Furniture of William Moore’, p. 53, figs. 13-14.
Lucy Morton, ‘Partridge Recent Acquisitions’, 1995, pp. 46-47.

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  • Provenance

    St. Anne's Manor, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire;
    Partridge Fine Arts Plc., London;
    Private Collection, USA.


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