The legs on the present pair of tables are composed of multiple sections: an Ionic capital, a fluted support, a section of acanthus leaves, and feet with gadrooning, beading, and more acanthi. Similar segmentation and complication of the design for legs was restricted to this brief period of Adam’s career. The paterae lunette aprons are also an interesting design feature on these tables that point to an Adam origin. Similar motifs are seen on the design for a table for the Earl of Coventry (Eileen Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, London: 1973, pl.14) as well as a design for a Table for Luton in 1772 in Sir John Soane’s Musem (Vol. 17, No. 19). The sideboard at Osterley Park and a console at Lansdowne House (both illustrated in Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, pls. 15, 16) are similar in design. A table at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (58.75.131) for the Earl of Coventry, executed by Mayhew & Ince and designed by Robert Adam, displays similar legs and frieze. It is exhibited in the Croome Court Tapestry Room and was previously sold Sotheby's London, June 25, 1948, lot 149. While the transitional style was only touched upon briefly by Robert Adam in his oeuvre his contemporaries imitated this style for a much longer period of time. Therefore, while clearly inspired by the innovative designs of Adam the pair was most likely created by one of the many gifted craftsmen who imitated Adam's work.
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