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Attributed to JAMES MEIN OF KELSO (worked 1784-1851)
In the manner of JOHN WILLIAMS (worked from c.1820)
George IV Mahogany Coaster together with a Regency Cut Glass and Engraved Masonic Decanter
c. 1820 England
Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Together with a Regency Cut Glass and Engraved Masonic Decanter in the manner of John Williams of Newcastle.
The mahogany coaster with a dished centre, gadrooned edge decoration and concentric turned rings to take different size vessels: the centre ring for a decanter; and the outer ring for a punch bowl. The underside with three original leather castors. The wheels were leather-covered to enable the coaster to be slid down a dining table, without damage. Edward H. Pinto states that: ‘In the 18th Century, when the ladies retired at the end of dessert, the table cloth was removed and the baize-bottomed coasters slid easily and without scratching the polished table top.’ (See Edward H. Pinto, ‘Treen and Other Wooden Bygones’ (Bell & Hyman Limited, London, 1979), p.62). The turned distinctive shape of this coaster suggests that it was made by James Mein of Kelso. A similar coaster is illustrated in Pinto’s ‘Treen and Other Wooden Bygones’ (Bell & Hyman Limited, London, 1979), plate 50, item C, p.70.
The Newcastle Masonic decanter, engraved ‘LODGE 154’ and flanked by shamrocks, a rose and a thistle. The decanter in the manner of John Williams of Newcastle.
James Mein (1759-1830): The Mein family were a family firm of cabinetmakers and upholsterers in Kelso from 1784-1851. James Mein the Elder died in 1830, and his nephew, also called James Mein, took over the business until it closed in 1851. James Mein supplied furniture to the 5th and 6th Dukes of Roxburghe for Floors Castle and to the Earl of Haddington for Mellerstain.
|Height||33.50 cm||(13.19 inches)|
|Width||24.75 cm||(9.74 inches)|
|Depth||24.75 cm||(9.74 inches)|
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