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A PAIR OF GEORGE III PAINTED SATINWOOD DEMI-LUNE CARD TABLES, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO SEDDON, SONS & SHACKLETON

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseRestricted Species

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

A PAIR OF GEORGE III PAINTED SATINWOOD DEMI-LUNE CARD TABLES, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO SEDDON, SONS & SHACKLETON

A PAIR OF GEORGE III PAINTED SATINWOOD DEMI-LUNE CARD TABLES, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO SEDDON, SONS & SHACKLETON

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

25,200

GBP

A PAIR OF GEORGE III PAINTED SATINWOOD DEMI-LUNE CARD TABLES, CIRCA 1790, ATTRIBUTED TO SEDDON, SONS & SHACKLETON


with tulipwood crossbanding and a painted convolvulus border to the foldover baize lined tops, supported by square tapering legs and satinwood veneered 'butterfly' gates, some decoration possibly refreshed

74cm. high, 99cm. wide, 49cm. deep; 2ft. 5in., 3ft. 3in., 1ft. 7¼in.

In excellent restored condition. Small loss to decoration on back border. Old repairs to satinwood. Minor re-touching to painted decoration.


Please note that this lot contains material(s) which have import or export restrictions. Please contact a member of the department for further information.


"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."

Please note the following amendments to the printed catalogue This lot contains endangered species. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot to the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.

Butterworth Ltd., London, 12 May 2004

The firm of Seddon, Sons & Shackleton was founded in 1753 by George Seddon (c.1727-1801) who bought London House, the former residence of the Bishop of London, together with its two-acre plot in Aldersgate St., where he established his shop and galleries. Despite their stature as one of the leading cabinet-makers of the late 18th century, whose known clients included the Empress of Russia, the 5th Duke of Bedford and Lord Mansfield of Kenwood House, few pieces survived which can be associated with these commissions.


Two of the largest documented groups were supplied to D. Tupper of Hauteville House, Guernsey in 1790, and Richard Hall Clarke of Bridwell House, Devon in 1793, both of which included satinwood seat furniture and tables painted with flowers1. Seddon specialised in furniture of this type, establishing himself as the leading exponent of the use of painted satinwood. The exceptional quality of the silky West Indian timber used for the present tables, together with the painted convolvulus border to the tops (something of a Seddon leitmotif), clearly indicate their superb craftsmanship and justify an attribution to Seddon's workshop.


1 For an example of a satinwood Pembroke table and one of a pair of card tables painted with a convolvulus border from Bridwell House see Christopher Gilbert, 'Seddon, Sons & Shackleton', The Journal of The Furniture History Society, 1997, p. 8-9, figs. 5-6, which were sold in these rooms, 19 June 1981, lot 109 and again, 9 July 1993, lots 172-3.