including tulipwood, burr walnut and purpleheart inlay, the tops inlaid with exotic birds amongst flowers, each frieze decorated with ribbon-tied laurel swags punctuated by urns, on bell-flower inlaid tapered square legs
The authorship of this pair of tables is worthy of some speculation based on a number of tables and commodes, none of which have yet to be firmly attributed to a specific maker. The various defining motifs, namely the jasmine tendril border, exotic bird or pheasant, urn design and freely drawn floral marquetry sprays in the French taste, relate to number of pieces dubbed the 'Stanmer group' by Lucy Wood in her discussion of 'No. 11' (see L. Wood, Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, pp.123-135). The decidedly Continental or 'self-conscious French inspiration' of this group has led to a number of possible candidates being suggested including John Cobb, Pierre Langlois, Georg Haupt and Christopher Fuhrlogh. Many of these cabinet-makers had dealings with Lord Pelham who was furnishing Stanmer Park between 1765 and 1774. However a payment to John Cobb in 1767 is associated with the relatively unknown name of Martin who Lucy Wood suggests may be the nephew of Georg Haupt, Carl Gustav Martin. This further opens the field but it seems very likely that an emigré cabinet-maker was responsible for these items.
An almost identical marquetry panel to those on the current table tops appears on a serpentine table formerly in the collection of Major A.F. Clarke-Jervoise, Idsworth Park, Hampshire, see G. Beard and J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, Oxford, 1987, p.166, fig 1, whilst the tendril borders appear on a pair of unmounted commodes formerly in the collection of William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, illustrated in L. Wood, (ibid), p. 131, fig. 129.
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