Today we are taking a closer look at a magnificent George III Chippendale period marquetry harewood demi-lune card table. The table’s design and its history are both notable and deserve further exploration.
The top and frieze of the table feature exceptional quality inlaid decoration, in wonderful condition, with strong engraved detailing. The top opens to reveal a baize lined interior, and the table stands on elegant tapering legs similarly veneered.
A very closely related suite of furniture, almost certainly by the same maker, has been recorded. The suite comprises a console table and a pair of card tables. The card tables are almost identical is form to ours – this other pair with tops with marquetry inlay depicting the arms of the family of Smyth of Ashton, Somerset. Also veneered in harewood, the frieze and leg construction and decoration is essentially identical.
The Smyth of Ashton tables were sold from the collection of The Rt. Hon. Lady Bruntisfield, Christie’s London, May 21, 1970 (lot 106 – 3200 guineas). The tables are included and illustrated in Christies Review of the Year 1969/1970. They were subsequently offered by Partridge Fine Art Ltd. of New Bond Street in 2007.
This allows close comparison to a commode supplied by John Cobb to Paul Methuen for Corsham Court in 1772 and also one in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Clarence House. Other closely related commodes with similar decoration exist.
This table comes, by repute, from Harewood House in Yorkshire.