A rare and extremely unusual pair of mid 18th century Chippendale period carved giltwood terms, in the manner of William Kent and attributed to Benjamin Goodison, having the possibly unique feature of Chinamen heads with moustaches and leafy caps beneath Ionic capitals with leaf festoons. The tapering pedestals richly carved with acanthus leaf decoration, shells and berries on a scaled background and terminating in four inwardly scrolled leaf carved feet divided by floral paterae.
Goodison was cabinet-maker to the King and worked to designs by Kent.
These terms are of slightly later date than other known examples from some twenty years earlier . They incorporate chinoiserie elements, like the Chinamen heads, and differ slightly in the acanthus carving from earlier models Earlier terms can be found in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Royal Collection at Hampton Court. The closest matching example, however, now at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, was commissioned by Lord Burlington, originally for Chiswick House.
Note: Saint-Beat white marble tops of later date.
F.J. Rutherford, 'Old Furniture Magazine’, October-December 1927, p.184.
Peter Ward-Jackson, English Furniture Designs of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1982, illus. 41.
Parke Bernet, ‘The Walter P. Chrysler Jr. Collection of English Furniture’, sale catalogue, 29-30 April 1960, Vol II, New York, p.125.
Desmond Fitzgerald, Georgian Furniture, London, 1967, Illus. 28.
Christopher Gilbert, Geoffrey Beard, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, London 1986, pp 351-53.
Grosvenor House Handbook, London 1994, p.281.
Grosvenor House Handbook, London 1998, p.156.
Deborah Devonshire, Chatsworth - The House, Chatsworth 2002, p.183.
Nicholas Goodison and Robin Kern, Hotspur, - Eighty Years of Antique Dealing, London, 2004, p.22.
Clive Edwards, British Furniture 1600-2000, London, 2005, pp 62-3.
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