George II Mahogany Triple-Flap Tea/Games/Writing Table
In the manner of William Hallett, circa 1740
The hinged tops opening to a polished surface, a baize-lined playing surface with money wells and candle stands, and an inlaid chessboard and backgammon surface above a hinged flap opening to a well and a removable backgammon board frame, the left side fitted with a drawer opening out to inkwells, the lappet-carved cabriole legs with ring-turned collars above claw-and-ball feet. Height 30 inches (76.2 cm), width 32 1/2 inches (82.5 cm), depth 16 inches (40.7 cm).
The present table is directly related to the work of William Hallett, one of the most successful cabinet makers of the second quarter of the eighteenth century. The use of the turned collar above the claw-and-ball foot is evident in much of Hallett's work, including a suite of side chairs commissioned by Arthur Ingram, 6th Viscount Irwin, in 1735 for his London residence, and removed to Temple Newsam House, his country seat, in 1736. This suite was sold first in 1922 and again, Sotheby's London, June 24, 1966, lot 127. It was discussed by Christopher Gilbert, 'Newly Discovered Furniture by William Hallett', The Connoisseur, December 1964, pp. 224-225, shown with the original invoice. Another similar chair is illustrated in Ralph Edwards, English Chairs, London, 1970, 3rd ed., no. 56.
C An Upper East Side Private Collection
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