Acquired from Partridge Fine Arts, London, 1985; Sotheby's New York, Property from the Collections of Lily & Edmond J. Safra, 4 November 2005, lot 352.
The design for these elegant satinwood work tables is taken from Thomas Sheraton’s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, published in 1793, plate 54 which is inscribed ‘A Lady’s Work Table’. The present tables correspond exactly with the ensuing description which declares 'The style of finishing them is neat, being commonly made of satinwood, with a brass moulding round the edge of the rim’, and further that ‘The shelf below is shaped something like a boat...which serves as a convenience for sewing implements’.
In overall good restored condition. Minor age splits to tops which have been secured. Fall front of one table with repaired break to one corner. Fall front to other table doesn’t not extend fully. Small replacements to banding, stringing and veneers throughout notably to pierced trestle supports, outswept legs and feet which formerly had castors. Batons to underside of tier trays probably later strengthening devices and tables maybe lacking original stretchers. Generally with minor old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. A chic near pair of tables. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."