Special Trustees of Guy's Hospital, London Sotheby's London, February 23, 1990, lot 53 Christie's London, July 4, 1996, lot 284 (£29,900)
The central patera and arabesques on the top of the present lot relate to marquetry designs on a Pembroke table supplied to Newby Hall, Yorkshire and a pier table sent to Harewood House, Yorkshire, by Thomas Chippendale in the 1770s. The distinctive whorled rosettes on the top corners are comparable to those on an inlaid secretaire also supplied by Chippendale to Harewood House at the same time (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London 1978, Vol.II, figs.96, 459, 474).
The top with scattered age cracks, minor stains and scratches, and a few areas of small losses and patches to the inlay. The legs and frieze with some nicks, scratches and abrasion, and scattered staining and discolouration commensurate with age and use. Overall in good condition; the top is slightly dry and could benefit from a light wax.
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