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A George III cream and blue painted pier table, by François Hervé, circa 1790
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A George III cream and blue painted pier table, by François Hervé, circa 1790
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A George III cream and blue painted pier table, by François Hervé, circa 1790
the moulded grey marble top above a panelled frieze on fluted tapering legs, traces of earlier red paint visible, marble top with old break
97cm. high, 176cm. wide, 59cm. deep; 3ft. 2¼in., 5ft. 9½in., 1ft. 11¼in.
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Provenance

Commissioned by William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748-1811) for the Dining Room at Chatsworth;
Sotheby's, Chatsworth: the Attic Sale, 5 October 2010, lot 245 

Literature

Related Literature:

I. Hall, 'A neoclassical episode at Chatsworth', The Burlington Magazine, June 1980, pl. 53.

Catalogue Note

The late 18th century Dining Room at Chatsworth was strikingly all painted in white, an example of the 5th Duke and Duchesses's avant guard taste, which did not please the next generation, with the 6th Duke altering the decoration of the room into its present form, aided by Sir Jeffry Wyatville. During the 5th Duke's period, William Talman's original panelling and doric pilasters were painted white, and served as a background to Hervé's set of six white-painted frames, which supported 'dove grey marble tops' of which the present lot possibly formed a part, together with two later adapted side tables also sold Sotheby's, 5 October 2010, lot 244. It should be noted that the present table has traces of what appears to be the original red painted decoration and could have therefore been intended for a different state apartment.

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