JAMES CRAGGS THE ELDER - TRIANGULAR GAMES TABLE (4413531)
JAMES CRAGGS THE ELDER - TRIANGULAR GAMES TABLE (4413531)
JAMES CRAGGS THE ELDER - TRIANGULAR GAMES TABLE (4413531)

JAMES CRAGGS THE ELDER - TRIANGULAR GAMES TABLE (4413531)

c. 1720 England

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An exceedingly rare early 18th century Chinese lacquer tripod table, having a triangular tip up top with one money well on each of the three sides and finely decorated with Chinoiserie landscapes in gold and red hues on a black background, bearing the coat of arms of James Craggs of Westminster to the centre, the base being black japanned and having a bird cage action on a gun barrel column with turned pendant finial; on cabriole legs terminating in pad feet.

Note: This exceptionally rare table is one of only three examples known. One was formerly in the Leigh Block Collection, Chicago, and the third, illustrated in the Dictionary of English Furniture, and was made for the Tower family of Weald Hall, Essex.
This unusual table was especially designed for a three-player card game 'hombre', a trick game that originated in Spain and was very popular all over Europe at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th.

James Craggs the elder (baptised in 1657) possessed considerable wealth through his connection to the Duchess of Marlborough. He was a member of Parliament between 1702 and 1713 and was subsequently made Postmaster General in 1715. His son James also achieved high office, becaming Secretary of State to the King and a Privy Counsellor, but sadly he died shortly before his father. Craggs the elder invested heavily and diastrously in the South Sea Company losing vast amounts of money as a result. He died in disgrace shortly afterwards in 1721, only a month after his son.
After his death, his death , his property was confiscated by act of parliament to pay off his debts incurred in the South Sea Bubble, and this table may have been seized together with his orther belongings at the time.

Price: £100,000 +
James Craggs the elder;
Private collection, England.

William Ince & John Mayhew, Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pl. LIII;
Percy Macquoid & Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, revised edition, 1954 vol. III, p. 198, fig. 20.
Dimensions
Height 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
Width 106.00 cm (41.73 inches)
Depth 91.50 cm (36.02 inches)
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