The carved detail on this serving table is of exceptional quality. The crisply carved husk trails to the legs and the central urn carving with draped husk trails are typical of work by the Chippendale firm towards the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries.
The underside is painted with the typical red wash seen on much of Chippendale’s furniture.
Similar examples of husk trails by Chippendale can be found on painted chairs made for the best bedroom at Paxton House, Berwickshire, Scotland, and on the celebrated dressing commode for the State Dressing Room and pedestals at Harewood House, Yorkshire, England. Designs by Thomas Chippendale junior in particular use the device of the lidded urn with husk drapery.
Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, vol. II, p. 18, fig. 31; p. 19, fig. 33; p. 100, figs. 164–5; p. 122, fig. 215; p. 208, fig. 380.
R. W. Symonds, ‘Furniture in the Collection of Mr. Geoffrey Blackwell’, Apollo, June 1936, p. 316, fig. IV.
Geoffrey Blackwell, Esq., OBE.
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