A GEORGE IV GILTWOOD AND ROSEWOOD CONSOLE TABLE, CIRCA 1820, ATTRIBUTED TO GILLOWS
with a Siena marble top, now in two sections, the back fitted with a mirror
93cm. high, 199cm. wide, 64cm. deep; 3ft. ½in., 6ft. 6½in., 2ft. 1in.
Impressive and nice quality. The marble broken in two sections (see catalogue image)and with fragmenting at this site. The piece overall is stable. The mirror is tarnished with typical spotting. There are some old marks and scratches to the rosewood and the gilding. There is evidence of old worm to the supporting structure. The marble is cut at the back in a rectangular shape, most probably to take a mirror.
Images available on request.
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Almost certainly acquired by Robert Berkeley (1764-1845), probably for the Dining Room and the marble possibly acquired by him in Italy
Inventory, 1893, ‘A Gilt-console Table with Sienna [sic] Marble top & glass above in gilt frame and ditto under a rosewood plinth’ in the Drawing Room;
Inventory, 1949, 'A gilt side table with marble top' in store in the Strong Room
This boldly carved console table was possibly made ensuite with a magnificent giltwood pier mirror, now hanging above the chimneypiece in the Library at Spetchley (see page 91). It is conceivable the beautiful Siena marble top was acquired by Robert Berkeley (1764-1845) in Italy whilst on his Grand Tour of 1816-1818.
The design of the mirror in the Library relates closely to a pencil drawing of a pier table and mirror designed by Gillow & Co. of 176 Oxford Street in circa 1810-30, now preserved in the collection of Lancaster City Museums. For an almost identical pier mirror attributed to Gillows, see Susan Stewart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, Woodbridge, 2008, vol. II, p. 85, pl. 630.