A GEORGE III CARVED MAHOGANY DUMB WAITER, CIRCA 1765 |
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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- 110cm. high, 61cm. diameter; 3ft. ¾in., 2ft.
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
Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 6 July 2000, lot 49
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.