A highly important and extremely rare mid 18th century Chippendale period carved mahogany tripod table having a beautifully faded circular revolving top with chinoiserie fret gallery and carved edge on triple c-scroll support exquisitely carved with acanthus clasps, hung with later bells and joined to a triform base issuing three cabriole scroll-legs similarly carved with cabochon ruffles and terminating in leaf carved toes with leather castors.
An almost identical table to Longford Castle is illustrated in The Dictionary of English Furniture sharing the same lightness in design and exceptional quality and suggesting a superior cabinet maker like the form of William Hallett William Vile who coincidentally also supplied furniture to Longford castle.
Ralf Edwards, Percy Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol III, London 1956, p.206, fig. 13.
Peter Brown, The Noel Terry Collection of English Furniture and Clocks, York 1987, p.108, no.106.
Mayhew and Ince, The Universal System of Household Furniture, London 1762. pl. XIII.
‘Country Life’, 1943, in situ at St. Giles House, Dorset. ‘Christie, Mason & Woods, Ltd’, May 3rd, 1951, p.70.
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Shaftesbury, St Giles House, Dorset; Mrs. Harris.
Private collection, USA.
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