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The Neil & Gina Smith Collection

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An early George III mahogany concertina-action card table, circa 1760
with sabicu cross-banding and geometric inlay to the eared rectangular top, opeing to reveal a later baize playing surface with a conformingly shaped frieze, on foliate headed cabriole legs and leaf adorned scrolled feet, the hinges stamped H. TIBATS
closed: 74.5cm. high, 101cm. wide, 50cm. deep; 2ft. 5 1/4 in., 3ft. 3¾in., 1ft. 7½in.
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Provenance

The Collection of Solly Joel (b.1865) until the 1920s;
thence by descent to the new owner until sold, The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's London, 4 July 2002, lot 10.

Catalogue Note

The form of the present card table combines the geometric and rectilinear qualities of the 'antique' with the fluidity of English Rocco design which had gained prominence by the 1760s. The treatment of the carved cabriole legs, with unfurling acanthus leaves issuing from the c-scrolled heads and scrolled plinth feet, recall the output of William Vile (1700–1767). The feet in particular are remarkably similar to those on a jewel cabinet supplied by Vile to King George III (1738-1820) and Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) for her private apartments in St James's Palace in 1762 (RCIN 35487).

It is interesting to note also that the hinges of the present tables are stamped H. TIBATS. Many fine pieces of 18th century furniture, particularly card tables, bear the Tibats stamp on their hinges. The stamp almost certainly refers to Hugh Tibbatts, 'hinge and sash fastening maker' of Bell Street Wolverhampton, listed relatively late in the 1781 Pearson & Rollason Directory for Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Bilston and Willenhall.

The Neil & Gina Smith Collection

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London