A very rare and important mid 18th century carved mahogany artist’s table attributed to William Vile. The adjustable top with gadrooned edge and bead-moulded border and with detachable paper-rest rising from the back on a ratcheted easel joined by shaped and pierced cross-braces and supported at the front by uprights rising from within the front legs, the sides with original lacquered brass carrying handles and slides with pivoting brass circular candle supports, the frieze drawer with original oval brass pulls and containing a writing slide with leather panel and internal compartment with an additional side compartment for artist’s materials; on acanthus-carved moulded cabriole legs terminating in scroll feet on castors.
Note: The quality of the carving is outstanding.
Harold Clifford Smith, Buckingham Palace: It's Furniture, Decoration and History, 1931, p.72, illus. 64.
John Harris, Geoffrey de Bellaigue and Oliver Millar, Buckingham Palace, Nelson, New York, 1968, p.113. Illustrated:
‘Antique Collector’, February 1962, p.3. ‘ Prides of London Ltd’., a trade advertisement; a similar table from the workshop of William Vile.
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