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A George III carved mahogany dumb waiter, circa 1765
the three dished tiers with foliate carved edge each supported upon fluted acanthus wrapped columns on cabriole legs on foliate pad feet with brass castors
110cm. high, 61cm. diameter; 3ft. ¾in., 2ft.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 6 July 2000, lot 49

Catalogue Note

This superb 'dumb' or 'silent' waiter, with its exquisitely carved acanthus and stop-fluted stem, hails from the Golden Age of English furniture making and would have been deployed near a dining table or in a drawing room for diners to help themselves. In a diary entry from 1784, Mary Hamilton (1756-18) - niece of Lady Emma Hamilton and a famous bluestocking in her own right - notes that at dinner 'we had dumb-waiters so our conversation was not under any restraint by ye Servants being in ye room'1.

1 Macquoid, P. and Edwards, R., The Dictionary of English Furniture, England, 1954, Vol. II, p. 227.

The Neil & Gina Smith Collection

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