An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables
An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables
An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables
An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables
An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables
An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables


An Exceptional Pair of Card Tables

1782 England

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For William Constable Middelton of Stockeld Park, Yorkshire
The semi circular top elaborately decorated with a fan in holly and purple wood, centered by finely engraved leaves and divided by graduated bell flowers and swags of laurel centered by circular paterae cross banded in satinwood and tulip wood. The top opening to a baized lined interior cross-banded with satinwood.
The frieze finely carved in solid satinwood and centered by a crest of the Middelton family finely carved in boxwood. The four legs fluted and with lobed capitals, terminating in turned spade feet.
The Middelton Family
These card tables bear the crest of the Middleton family, of Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, Yorkshire (Figs 1, 2 & 3). A long-established Yorkshire family based originally at Ilkley in Wharfedale, the Middletons later made Stockeld their principal residence, and in 1757 William Middleton (1707-63) engaged James Paine to rebuild it in the Classical style. Middleton died before the house was completed and the house, estate and Middleton name passed to an infant great-nephew, William Constable (1760-1847), who took the name of Middleton. In 1782 William Constable Middleton married Clara Grace, the daughter of an Irish landowner from County Laois. It is probable that these tables formed part of a refurnishing scheme at Stockeld undertaken at the time of the marriage.
Despite producing six surviving children the marriage was not a success and ended in a celebrated divorce suit in 1793, caused by Clara’s infatuation with a household servant. William left Stockeld to live in Middleton Lodge, Ilkley, leaving the house empty for at least two decades before it was let to a succession of new owners. In 1893 the house was sold to a Bradford mill owner, Robert John Foster. During the 19thand 20thcenturies a succession of poor financial decisions led to repeated sales of land and chattels, and it is likely that this pair of tables left the Middleton family during this time.
Height 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
Width 36.00 inch (91.44 cm)
Depth 18.00 inch (45.72 cm)
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