Fine George III Period Mahogany Four Pillar Dining Table
Fine George III Period Mahogany Four Pillar Dining Table
Fine George III Period Mahogany Four Pillar Dining Table
Fine George III Period Mahogany Four Pillar Dining Table
Fine George III Period Mahogany Four Pillar Dining Table

Fine George III Period Mahogany Four Pillar Dining Table

c. 1790 England

Offered by Windsor House Antiques Ltd

£78,000 gbp
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A very fine George III period Cuban mahogany four pillar dining table with demilune ends with ebony line inlay, on high swept reeded supports. Wonderful colour and proportions.

Provenance: by repute purchased in 1802 by Captain John Worth (d. 1835) from Oakley Park, Suffolk. Thence by descent to his son-in-law Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker.

Thence by descent until sold by Sotheby's Cape Town, 14 April 1986, lot 170.

Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's London Friday 15 September 2000, lot 57.

Captain John Worth lived at Oakley, Suffolk, England. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Navy. Mary Catherine Sinclair Worth (d. 1889) was the daughter of Captain John Worth and Catherine Sinclair. She married Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake-Walker (1802-1876) who was created 1st Baronet Wake Walker of Oakley House in 1856.

Oakley Park, as a house, is old Hoxne Hall of the Maynards rebuilt and renamed. In 1654 Robert, brother of Sir Humphrey Style built the Hall. Some time after that the manor of Hoxne is described as "the inheritance of Thomas Maynard" who was the grandson of the second Lord Maynard of Easton Lodge. Thomas Maynard was described as having been "seated at Hoxne Hall which he rebuilt in an elegant manner" by Morant in his History of Essex (Country Life, , January 4 1908, p.22). After Thomas Maynard's death in 1742, Hoxne fell into the general Maynard estates in the time of Charles, sixth Baron and first Viscount Maynard. Charles left Hoxne to Thomas Hesilrige. In 1817 Hoxne reverted to the Viscount of that day, Thomas' nephew, who in 1810 had married a niece of Matthias Kerrison of Bungay. Their son, Edward Kerrison (b.1774) inherited the estate. Edward joined the army in 1796 and obtained captaincy of the 7th Hussars in 1798, and was knighted in 1815. Sir Edward remodelled Hoxne Hall almost to the extent of rebuilding it, the only room left intact was a small drawing room decorated by Italian artists. Oakley Park was one of the early commissions entrusted to Sydney Smirke. The second Sir Edward married a daughter of the Earl of Ilchester, but with his death in 1886 the male line ended and the estate passed to Edwards's sisters. Emily Kerrison's (Countess Stanhope and Edward's middle sister) grandson held the earldom in 1908. Agnes (the youngest sister) became Lady Bateman and was the mother of the Lord in 1908 and yet she survived to hold the manors of Oakley and Brome at that time. Oakley Park was destroyed in the 1930s.
The price of dining tables, Richard Gillow wrote in 1786, depended on the quality of wood, more than any other furniture - as these may be made of inferior kind of mahogany with slip hinges bolts, brass fasteners £1.00 5ft. long, but if made of fine hard mahogany they would come to about 12 guineas'.' Again in 1788 Gillows wrote similar comments about the importance of dining tables made in the 'completest manner' of fine hard mahogany', as opposed to those made of inferior soft mahogany or baywood (Honduras mahogany).' Gillows stressed the importance of using well-seasoned wood, particularly for dining table tops in order to prevent them warping. Their timber, they wrote, stands well as the tops are fine old mahogany that have been sawn up nearly 5 years ago will improve in use. Most eighteenth century dining tables were designed as sets of smaller tables, some of which could be placed against the wall, or a pier between the windows, when not in use, and reassembled to suit the number of people dining. In modest houses without a card or drawing room they were also reassembled after dining by servants for different purposes, such as card playing. In 1796 Gillows advised customers on the size of the table in relationship to the dining room. All dining tables should be 7 feet shorter than the room they are for to leave room at each end for a chair and a servant to pass. The length of a table depended, of course, on the number of people expected to dine, and Gillows’ customers sought advice on the amount of space to allow per guest. In the nineteenth century Gillows & Co calculated 24in should be allowed per person but added 22 inches is frequent made to do but rather crowded, but 21in they thought insufficient. The width of the table was also carefully calculated to allow for factors such as space for dishes, candelabra and leg room. Naturally, the advice given depended on several factors, but Gillows did not approve of narrow dining tables nor apparently, what would be regarded today as standard measurements.
Height 27.00 inch (68.58 cm)
Width 132.00 inch (335.28 cm)
Depth 51.00 inch (129.54 cm)
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