An Important English George IV Brazilian Rosewood Library Table

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An Important English George IV Brazilian Rosewood Library Table closely following a design by George Smith. The top with inset tooled green leather above two full-length drawers; the end standards elaborately carved lyre form to foliate feet, later gilded carved mounts.

England, Circa 1826

Height: 75 cm Width: 167.5 cm Depth: 90.5 cm

This desk closely follows a design illustrated on plate CXVIII in George Smiths, 1826, "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide: being a Complete Drawing Book; in which will be comprised Treatises on Geometry and Perspective, as applicable to the above branches of mechanics" Below is an extract from the text: " These two plates exhibit three different designs for occasional or sofa tables, intended as meubles for the drawing room; in which case they may be executed wholly in fine rosewood, or they may have a portion of their ornamental work in gilding or Ormolu. If intended for the library or dining room they should be manufactured of mahogany, and the ornamental parts carved in the solid wood. In plate XXIV. each design is accompanied with a profile of its standard, the parts of which may be measured by the scale given; and in plate CXVIII. is given one half the plan of the table.

 

George Smith was born in 1786 and became one of the Regency’s most celebrated furniture designers. Like his contemporaries, the architect Henry Holland and cabinet-maker Thomas Hope, he was championed by an aristocracy demanding the fashionable and beautifully executed. George Smith was born in 1786 and became one of the Regency’s most celebrated furniture designers. Like his contemporaries, the architect Henry Holland and cabinet-maker Thomas Hope, he was championed by an aristocracy demanding the fashionable and beautifully executed. Smith’s eclectic style ranged from the neo-classic to Gothic, Chinese to Etruscan and was illustrated and popularised in his pattern books including ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.’ Smith was the Prince Regent’s ‘upholsterer extraordinary’ and contributed much to the Chinoiserie delights of the Brighton Pavilion.

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