WILLIAM AND MARY JAPANNED GATELEG TABLE
WILLIAM AND MARY JAPANNED GATELEG TABLE

WILLIAM AND MARY JAPANNED GATELEG TABLE

c. 1700 England

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An extremely rare William and Mary black and gilt-japanned oval gateleg table of good size, with an oval twin-flap top decorated with exotic waterbirds and river landscapes with building and dragons, on fluted columnar legs joined by a moulded decorated stretcher.


Oriental lacquer-ware was first imported into Europe by the Portuguese from Japan at the end of the 16th century, but was prohibitively expensive – and so European craftsmen sought to emulate these foreign wares. Although they were not able to master the techniques exactly, high quality japanning soon became exceedingly popular and in high demand by the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries in Europe. In England, Stalker and Parker published in 1688 their seminal work: Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing which provided a huge number of motifs and pattern illustrations – such as the figures and creatures seen on this table - for craftsmen to copy. Interestingly, often these motifs were a figment of the European imagination of the East – and in fact seldom appear on Oriental works themselves.


HINTON HOUSE

There has been a Hinton House on the same site since 1490 but very little of the original building remains. With the family's newly elevated status in 1627, the 1st Baron Poulett (d. 1649) improved and enlarged the house accordingly. A new south wing, built following the design principles of Inigo Jones, was completed by 1636. Just a few years later in 1650 the estate ledgers show extensive building work was carried out, resulting in two further wings. In the early 18th Century, John, 1st Earl Poulett (1663-1743) remodelled the Long Gallery. It was most probably during this re-furbishment that the present table was acquired perhaps to compliment the two extensive suites of ebonised an d parcel-gilt seat furniture that were also commissioned at this time for the parade of the Long Gallery.

The contents of Hinton House were sold by George, 8th Earl Poulett (d. 1973) in sales at Sotheby’s, London 1 November and 8 November 1968, and 28 March 1969
Almost certainly supplied to The Earl Poulett for Hinton House, Somerset
Sold Sotheby’s, 1 November 1968
With Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd.
The Collection of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott, USA
Sold Christie’s, New York, 31 January 1981
With Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd.
Private Collection UK
C. G. Winn, The Pouletts of Hinton St George, 1976
Dimensions
Height 75.00 cm (29.53 inches)
Width 146.00 cm (57.48 inches)
Depth 121.00 cm (47.64 inches)
Stock Code
D06.133
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