A highly important and rare pair of early 18th century carved gesso side tables by James Moore the Elder, retaining most of the original gilding, and each having a later ‘Green Serravezza’ marble rectangular top above a concave frieze with arcaded strapwork and bell flower motif; on square baluster tapering legs with acanthus carved hips and scroll tops, joined by curved stretchers with lozenge centre, all richly decorated with strapwork, and terminating in quatrefoil volute feet.
Note: Gesso tables were the ultimate status symbol in the early 18th century. James Moore the Elder was one of the most prolific cabinet-makers of his time, supplying the royal household as well as many important families with his furniture. A gesso table in the Royal Collection, commissioned by George I and signed by Moore, shares many design elements with this pair of tables, including the distinctive concave frieze with arcaded decoration, the typical square legs and the unusual stretcher.
Harold Clifford Smith, The Complete History of Buckingham Palace: Its Furniture, Decoration and History, 1931, illus. 226-7.
Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, p. 618. Jacques Dubarry de Lassale, Identifying Marble, 2000, p. 187.
Margaret Jourdain, Furniture at Beningbrough Hall II, Country Life, 3 December 1927, pp. 824-9.
Ralph Edwards and Margaret Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-Makers, revised edition, 1946, p. 92, fig. 17.
Possibly supplied to James, 3rd Viscount Scudamore, Holme Lacy, Herefordshire.
The Earl of Chesterfield, Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire.
Private collection, USA.
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