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.

Literature: 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.


  • Provenance

    The Kent Gallery, Conduit Street, London.
    Private collection, Spain.


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