Sale 19CN02 | Lot 295

George III Sabicu and Part-Ebonized Metamorphic Library Table/Steps

Catalogue: English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters

Lot Details

Lot 295
George III Sabicu and Part-Ebonized Metamorphic Library Table/Steps
The rectangular top hinged to one end and enclosing a set of collapsible steps and articulated handrails, all sides of the frieze with dummy drawers, raised on chamfered square legs, on leather casters. Height 32 3/4 inches (83.3 cm), height (extended) 79 inches (200.7 cm), width 48 1/4 inches (122.5 cm), depth 24 1/4 inches (62.2 cm).

Sold, Christie's, New York, June 30, 1979, lot 114.

The design for the present libary steps was patented by the London cabinet-maker Robert Campbell in 1774 and was later illustrated in Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 3rd edition, London, 1802, plate V. A related set of steps at Petworth House, Sussex, is illustrated by Margaret Jourdain and F. Rose, English Furniture The Georgian Period (1750-1830), London, 1953, p. 200, fig. 172.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Now with a later mahogany top laid down, unable to determine whether it is covering the original top, very good quality timber, the frieze veneered on mahogany, hinge mechanism to one articulated handrail broken, minor veneer losses to bottoms of legs, rubbing to gilding of handles, underside and steps now with varnish, back of fourth tread with losses, one end of frieze with sunfading.

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Catalogue Info

English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters

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