The design for the tables is inspired by plate XXXVIII of the first edition and plate LIX of the third edition of Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director. This Gothic chinoiserie design was adapted by many craftsmen of the time and its popularity spread as far as the United States of America.
A similar single marble topped table, based on the same design, was with Phillips of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, in the 1920s, and another is illustrated in English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century by Herbert Cescinsky. The design was also used for the stand of a cabinet at Shardloes in Buckinghamshire, England, illustrated in Country Life in 1913.
Note: The Skyros marble tops are of later date. The tables have restorations to the back legs.
Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, 1st edition, 1754, pl. XXXVIII.
Herbert Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, vol. II, 1910, p. 285, fig. 317.
Connoisseur, March 1970, p. 17; T. Crowther & Son, advertisement.
Country Life, 2 June 1988, p. 120;
Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, advertisement.
Phillips of Hitchin archive, image no. 04277.
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