Exceptionally Rare Regency Brass-Mounted Rosewood Table
Exceptionally Rare Regency Brass-Mounted Rosewood Table
Exceptionally Rare Regency Brass-Mounted Rosewood Table
Exceptionally Rare Regency Brass-Mounted Rosewood Table
Exceptionally Rare Regency Brass-Mounted Rosewood Table

Attributed to JOHN MCLEAN & SON (worked from c.1770-c.1825)

Exceptionally Rare Regency Brass-Mounted Rosewood Table

c. 1810 England

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

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The pierced galleried top with inset connemara marble above four cedar-lined frieze drawers above an open galleried shelf.

John McLean (1770-1825): John McLean was an English furniture maker and designer influenced by the style of the late Louis XVI. John McLean and Son were cabinet-makers of the highest caliber, and were patronised by leading connoisseurs such as the 5th Earl of Jersey, for whom they worked extensively at Middleton Park, Oxfordshire, and at the Earl's London mansion in Berkeley Square. Examples of McLean’s furniture can be found in the Victorian and Albert Museum, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Library at Saltram, Devon.

The origin of the McLean firm is confused by the variations in spelling the name 'McLean'. "John MacKlane, upholder and cabinet maker in Little Newport Street, off Leicester Square" is listed in 1774 but as many as eight spellings have been recorded. The first reference to "Jn. McLean" is that the firm rented a "Ho & workshops" on the south side of Little Newport Street, Leicester Square from June 1770 until 1783. A trade card for the Newport Street address advertises that he was a "Cabinet, Chair Maker and Upholder". From 1790, the firm is recorded at 55/58 Upper Marylebone Street (now New Cavendish Street) and from c.1799-1805 the firm expanded to occupy premises in both Pancras Street and Upper Terrace, continuing business until 1825. McLean and Son also gained a notable mention in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary in 1803, in which he remarks that one of the "fashionable Pieces of Cabinet Furniture" included a "Pouch Table", whose design was taken and "executed by Mr. M'Lean in Mary-le-bone street, near Tottenham court road, who finishes these small articles in the neatest manner". (Simon Redburn, ‘John McLean and Son’, Furniture History, Vol. XIV 1978, pp. 31-7).

It is possible that McLean was inspired by French design – influences have been taken an example found in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (Inventory number: 25881), which was made in France at the end of the 18th Century and was used by Napoleon.
For a Rosewood Cheveret Table by McLean with boxwood stringing and adorned with similar gilded brass mounts and gilt gesso decoration, please see Simon Redburn's article ‘John McLean and Son’, in Furniture History, Vol. XIV 1978, plate 37B.
Height 78.50 cm (30.91 inches)
Width 65.00 cm (25.59 inches)
Depth 25.50 cm (10.04 inches)
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Rosewood, Brass and Marble
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
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