A DUTCH WALNUT AND MARQUETRY INLAID LAYETTE TRAY ON STAND, DATED 1757
with ownership initials W.J.W. and C.H.F. and date inlaid in ivory, the underside of the base inscribed LWG in ink and with a paper label inscribed in pen 23600 / Carved Tray on Spiral Stand A / etc.
87cm. high, 51cm. wide, 46cm. deep; 2ft 10¼in., 1ft. 8in., 1ft. 4in.
Decorative. The top slightly warped and evidence to the pierced canted sides of this process as there separations to each join at the corners. Very minor losses to inlay. Screws to underside probbaly later - to consolidate movement.
The piece comes in two sections.
The base with old marks and scratches throughout.
Evidence of old worm.
An unusual object.
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Inventory, 1949, 'A William and Mary walnut table on spiral column, with pierced and carved shaped basket top, inlaid and dated 1757' in the Drawing Room
Layette trays or baskets were usually presented to a family for the arrival of a new-born baby or for displaying the goods needed for one. Often pierced, they were usually made of wicker, sometimes beadwork or carved wood or in the grandest houses they could be of silver. The ownership initials suggest that the present lot may have been given to a newly married couple in anticipation of future healthy off-spring.