A Scottish Regency Brass-Inlaid and Parcel-Gilt Rosewood and Specimen Marble Occasional Table in the Manner of William Trotter

A Scottish Regency Brass-Inlaid and Parcel-Gilt Rosewood and Specimen Marble Occasional Table in the Manner of William Trotter

c. 1820 Scotland

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£45,000 gbp
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 The rectangular top inset with various square marbles including sienna, sarrancolin, brocatello, portoro and others and centred by a panel depicting a parrot perched on a branch, the edge with egg and dart moulding; on a tapering fluted and lotus-leaf carved shaft with foliate collar, the concave-sided base with a beaded edge and rosette and line inlay, on foliate and S-scroll feet with inset castors.
Designs for tables such as this were widely popularised in the first half of the 19th century
in publications including George Smith's A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and
Interior Decoration, 1808, and his Cabinet-Maker's and Upholsterer's Guide, 1826. However, this
particularly elaborate example relates closely to the work of the Scottish cabinet-maker
and upholsterer William Trotter (d.1833). Initially entering his father's employment
around 1790, Trotter became sole proprietor of the thriving business in 1809, and in
1814-15 he undertook a major commission to furnish the library and picture-gallery at
Paxton House, Berwickshire.  His work was characterised by the use of fine quality
materials, bold carving and the occasional use of brass inlay, and he was always acutely
aware of his customers' expectations. At Paxton, in particular, he created a number of
pieces specifically intended to display marble tablets collected by George Home on a
Grand Tour in the 1770s, and in his letter accompanying his initial estimate for the work
he wrote 'I mean them all of solid rose wood- and would wish as much carving upon them
as possible'. (Sebastian Pryke, 'Paxton House, Berwickshire - II', Country Life, 6 May, 1993,p.62).
Dimensions
Height 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
Width 65.00 cm (25.59 inches)
Depth 50.00 cm (19.69 inches)
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