Similarly decorated Japanned tôle goods were produced in the Pontypool factory owned by the Allgood family from the mid-18th century until circa 1820. However examples of furniture incorporating panels of Pontypool tôle are etremely rare, as the factory mainly produced small decorative objects such as urns and trays.
The present table also has affinities with the work of John and Frederick Crace, whose commissions included work for the Prince Regent at Brighton Pavilion between 1800 and 1804, where they designed interiors in the Chinese style. Their accounts for this period show that the from the start the Craces were invlolved in much more than merely the applied decoration at Brighton. Not only did they amuse the Prince with a variety of Chinese curiosities, including costumes, ivory junks, and even `seven pounds' of Chinsese tobacco', but large quantities of furniture were supplied by them too. Most of it seems to have been either Chinese - especially bamboo furniture - or English in the Chinese manner. In 1802 `One very Fine Japan India Cabinet...£14' was invoiced, the following year five more, one costing £15, and in 1804 a charge was made for japanning a stand for a cabinet in black and gilt (see Megan Aldrich (Ed.), The Craces Royal Decorators, 1768-1899, 1989, pp. 21-26.
A pair of closely related Japanned wood and tôle side cabinets sold Sotheby's London, 5 May 1989 and Sotheby's Chester, 8 April 1988, lot 2152.
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