the figured and cross banded oval top with two flaps, the center inlaid with an oval panel of lobed petals issuing from a ventral shell, the corners with sprays of flowers and leaves, the flaps with swags of husks hanging from patera and tied with ribbons, the frieze with a drawer and similarly inlaid, the square tapered legs cross banded and with square collars above brass cup castors.
Christie's, New York, January 25, 2001, lot 553
With its use of beautifully figured satinwood and marquetry including motifs such as ribbon-tied husk swags, flower-head roundels, floral sprays and large shell inlays this table certainly is evocative of the work of the Mayhew and Ince partnership. Having established their workshop in 1759 in Broad Street, the firm became one of the most successful and most productive firms of cabinet-makers of the second half of the 18th century rivaling the workshops of Thomas Chippendale and William and John Linnell. The distinctive marquetry of this table including ribbon-tied husk swags draped over flower-head roundels are typical of the firm's oeuvre and can be found on a commode most probably made for the 5th Earl of Chesterfield for Chesterfield house circa 1777 and now in the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, no. 23 (Wood, op. cit. pp.207-208). This motif is continued in many other commissions including on a pair of Pembroke tables which were formerly in the North Drawing room at Ham House, sold by the Countess of Dysart at Sotheby's, London, April 10, 1972, lot 64, another Pembroke table from this group sold in these rooms from the collection of Tom Devenish, April 24, 2008, lot 135 ($91,000).
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