A pair of George I gilt gesso tables attributed to John Belchier.
The attribution to John Belchier is based on stylistic similarities in construction and gesso cutting to the well-documented gesso furniture at Erddig in Wales, one of Belchier’s largest and best-known commissions, which cost £62 12s between 1722 and 1726, an enormous sum at the time.
Note: The tables retain virtually all the original gesso, with some refreshing to the gilding.
Literature: Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pp. 59-60.
Exhibitions: Photographed in situ at Brynkinalt Hall in the Great Stair Hall, circa 1930s.
Brynkinalt Hall, Wales.
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