Possibly George, 2nd Earl of Pomfret (1722-1785), first recorded at Easton Neston in a photograph of the Garden Hall circa 1870.
Archibald Phillips, 16 Conduit Street, London, W1, Inventory and Valuation of the household Furniture, ornamental effects, Pictures and other items at Easton Neston, February 1927, Chippendale table 9ft. long, p.11, item 15, £200, in the Entrance Hall;
H. Avray Tipping, 'Easton Neston - II, Northamptonshire, The Seat of Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, Bt.', Country Life, 27 August 1927, p. 296, fig. I The Entrance Hall;
H. Avray Tipping & Christopher Hussey, 'Easton Neston', English Homes Period IV - Vol. II, 1928, p.131, fig.179;
John Kenworthy-Browne, 'Easton Neston, Northamptonshire: 2' The Connoisseur, September-December 1964, p.149, fig.14, standing in the Entrance Hall;
Christian, Lady Hesketh, `Easton Neston, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Baroque Creation in Northamptonshire', Architectural Digest, January 1991, p.141, shown in situ in the Entrance Hall
The offered table is of identical size and form to a table, formerly at Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, probably commissioned by Thomas Parker, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield (1723-95). It was sold by his descendents at Christies, 4th March 2004, lot 19. The distinctive design of the carved brackets is common to both tables and points to a product of a single workshop. Sadly, it is not known which cabinet-makers were working at Shirburn in the third quarter of the 18th century. Although this generic type of serving table appears in Chippendale's Director (such as pl. XXXV), it is not a direct copy of any of the plates, but nevertheless demonstrates the all-pervasive influence of this most famous of makers.
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