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PROPERTY REMOVED FROM WARWICK CASTLE

A pair of specimen marble table tops
early 19th century
Estimate
6,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 22,800 GBP
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269

PROPERTY REMOVED FROM WARWICK CASTLE

A pair of specimen marble table tops
early 19th century
Estimate
6,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 22,800 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A pair of specimen marble table tops
early 19th century
each rectangular top with a trellis pattern of inlaid marbles including onyx, Flourspar, Lapiz Lazuli, and brocatelle outlined with black marble borders, the perimeters of the table in white marble borders, on later mahogany stands with moulded square legs
86cm. high, 178cm. wide, 89cm. wide;
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Provenance

The tops possibly acquired by Henry Richard, 3rd Earl of Warwick. 

Literature

An inventory of the contents of Warwick Castle dated November 4th 1809 records in the `Cedar Room' , `A slab composed of rare marbles and lava in gilt frame' and immediately following it `A pair of large and capital slabs of the same Bianco & Nero Antico Marble on gilt frames'. Warwick County Records ref. CR 1886 (462-66).

A further inventory of 1872 records in `The Cedar Drawing Room', `1 Italian marble slab/inlaid diamond pattern/ on mahogany stand`. Warwick County Records ref. CR 1886 (708).

Catalogue Note

These table tops are typical the objects returning with those in the English aristocracy who undertook the so called 'Grand Tours' of Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Although we cannot be absolutely certain that the table tops referred to in the inventories above are the same ones, it seems probable that they could well be and are likely to have been bought along with other marble pieces by Henry Richard, 3rd Earl of  Warwick in the early 19th century whilst he was on his `Grand Tour' of Italy.  Table tops such as these were often purchased in Italy and returned to Britain where they were incorporated into the fashionable furniture of the time. Whilst the current tops have later bases, a similar top with square marble specimens was inset into 'A Grecian Stand...of fine rosewood for marble specimens' by the Edinburgh cabinet-maker William Trotter in 1814 for Paxton House, Scotland. The top had most likely been one of a group purchased by Patrick Home and his wife on their six year grand tour following their marriage in 1771, probably whilst in Naples. The table top is illustrated in F. Bamford, 'A Dictionary of Edinburgh Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, Furniture History Society, 1983, pl. 55A. 

Important English Furniture

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