One pedestal interior is lined with zinc and has three grille shelves and a compartment for hot coal in the bottom: it was originally used as a plate warmer. The second pedestal is fitted out with three fixed shelves.
A very similar pair of pedestals, also fitted out as cupboards and attributed to Vile & Cobb, was exhibited by Hotspur Ltd. at the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, London, in 1950.
Vile & Cobb, cabinet-makers to George III, employed some of the finest carvers for their commissions, and these pedestals are typical of their work.
Upshire Hall, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England.
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