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A pair of George II carved mahogany dumbwaiters, mid-18th century

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

20,000 - 40,000 GBP

An Important English Private Collection

A pair of George II carved mahogany dumbwaiters, mid-18th century

A pair of George II carved mahogany dumbwaiters, mid-18th century

Estimate:

20,000 - 40,000 GBP

Lot sold:

60,480

GBP

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An Important English Private Collection

A pair of George II carved mahogany dumbwaiters, mid-18th century


each with two circular graduated tiers with turned baluster gallery, the upper tier on a turned fluted stem headed with egg-and-dart and carved with acanthus, the lower tier on a wrythen baluster stem and tripod base, the knees carved with acanthus and bell flower husks, terminating on hairy paw feet, with brass and leather barrel castors

90cm. high, 60cm. diameter; 2ft. 11½in., 1ft. 11¾in.

Finely carved and of superior quality in overall reasonable condition. Tops slightly faded and balustrades also, and with shadow to centre of upper to from historic positioning of an object. One tripod with later bracket to underside otherwise displaying typical old marks and scratches, consistent with age and use, and minor losses to polished surface. A rare pair.


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Phillips London, 22 June 1999, lot 63 (illustrated on the cover)
This superb pair of 'dumb' or 'silent' waiters, with their intricate baluster galleries and crisply carved stems, hails from the Golden Age of English furniture making and would have been deployed near a dining table or in a drawing room for diners to help themselves, unobserved. In a contemporary account from 1784, Mary Hamilton (1756-18) - niece of Lady Emma Hamilton and a famous bluestocking in her own right - notes that at dinner 'we had dumb-waiters so our conversation was not under any restraint by ye Servants being in ye room' (Macquoid P. and Edwards, R., The Dictionary of English Furniture, England, 1954, Vol. II, p. 227.)