Henry Hill is a Georgian furniture maker worth knowing. His business was exceptionally wide-ranging: he was a coachmaker as well as a comprehensive furnisher and decorator. Hill also acted as an estate agent, auctioneer, and a local agent for the Sun Insurance Company (he even found time to sell fish to at least one client!).
Today we are looking at one of our recent acquisitions that can be firmly attributed to Hill. This exceptionally rare George III marquetry Pembroke table features a serpentine shaped top with butterfly shaped flaps. The marquetry top features finely figured amboyna. The front and back frieze are decorated with floral inlay with paterae on either side. The turned tapering legs with fluted shafts are divided by a gadrooned collar and stand on a plain turned foot.
This George III marquetry Pembroke table of serpentine form is nearly identical to a table from Burderop, illustrated in Lucy Wood’s Catalogue of Commodes and was likely to have been purchased by Arabella Calley, who was a regular customer. There is a small group of tables by Hill all featuring this type of large scale parquetry, as well as a closely related commode in the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight.