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After a Design by John Maclean
BACKGAMMON AND CHESS TABLE
the pull-out top with inlaid chess board to one side over a tooled leather interior playing surface
brass, parcel-gilt, boxwood stringing, rosewood, satinwood, leather
76.5 by 82 by 43cm., 30 by 32¼ by 17in.
19th century
Made circa 1810.
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Provenance

Probably acquired from L. Loewenthal, London, ‘antique inlaid rosewood games table with brass gallery and mounts’ for £110, 12 April 1950, (Laurence Olivier Archive, The British Library, London, Add MS 79840);
The underside with a metal label branded 'Barber / Dealer of Antique Furniture / Windsor' and a paper depository label stamped 'Sir L. Olivier'.

Literature

Photographed at Notley Abbey in the library circa 1959.

Catalogue Note

This Regency table closely relates to a design for a 'Pouch Table' in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803, pl. 65. Sheraton comments, 'The design was taken from one executed by Mr M'Lean in Mary-le-bone Street, near Tottenham Court Road, who finishes these small articles in the neatest manner'. Comparable tables include an example with a veneered top, illustrated in Frances Collard, Regency Furniture, 1985, p.75 and a games table sold, Sotheby's, Tyninghame, East Lothian, 28 September 1987, lot 93 (interestingly Tyninghame was also a Colefax and Fowler project).

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London