An important and extremely rare and fine pair of carved gesso side tables attributed to James Moore the Elder and retaining much of the original gilding, each having a rectangular top with re-entrant corners, finely decorated in cut gesso relief of symmetrical strapwork and acanthus leaf centred by a stylised sunflower motif, above a concave moulded frieze with stiff leaf decoration and a shaped apron finely decorated with acanthus leaf and gadrooned pendant finials centred by a cartouche with pendent leaf carved decoration; on slender cabriole legs carved with Indian heads wearing plumed headdress to the knees, terminating in pad feet with acanthus carving to the toes.
Note: A related table in the celebrated Jon Gerstenfeld Collection in Washington, DC, also attributed to Moore, shares the same treatment to the frieze and also features the gadrooned apron pendants.
Edward Lennox-Boyd (ed.), Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, London, 1998, p. 75, illus. 54.
Tessa Murdoch, ‘The Kings Cabinet-Maker: The Giltwood Furniture of James Moore the Elder’, The Burlington Magazine, June 2003, p. 409, pl. 5.
The Kent Gallery, Conduit Street, London.
Private collection, Spain.
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