An outstanding quality early 19th century rosewood and brass inlaid writing table attributed to the Royal cabinet maker Banting, France and Co., having a rectangular top with rounded corners veneered in figured rosewood and with floral scroll border inlay above a frieze with parcel gilt moulding and mulled edge, having two drawers with ornate pierced brass handles to the front and dummies to the reverse, the rounded corners inlaid with finely pierced brass, on end supports with graduated nulled edge and acanthus carved volutes, the facias similarly inlaid with brass motif and on square supports with egg and dart brass edging, terminating in ornate acanthus leaf decorated brass scroll feet with concealed casters. Note: A very similar pair of tables by Banting, France and Co was commissioned by the Marquess of Bristol for his house at Ickworth, Suffolk, around 1825.
Literature: Christopher Claxton Stevens, Norman Adams Seventieth Anniversary, London 1993, plates 15-16.
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