A George III Serpentine Mahogany Side Table

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A George III Serpentine Mahogany Side Table

in the manner of Vile & Cobb

With single drawer & brushing slide inset with tooled green leather

England, circa 1760

Height: 82 cm  Width: 87 cm  Depth: 52 cm

The present side table forms part of a large and widely regarded group of furniture associated with the esteemed Georgian cabinet-makers William Vile and John Cobb.

Their commission for George III and Queen Charlotte at Buckingham Palace was perhaps the firm’s greatest and it is within the pieces supplied at this time that similar styles and motifs can most clearly be seen when compared with the present lot. The finely carved scrolls to the apron, the carved acanthus to the legs and unusual square pads to the feet all relate to a Jewel Cabinet supplied to Queen Charlotte in 1761, illustrated in Anthony Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, Glasgow, 1968, fig. 12. Another Vile and Cobb hallmark is the use of richly carved floral swags and garlands as seen on the protruding support below the canted corners. This technique lightens the often imposing architectural feel of Vile and Cobb’s furniture, softening the overall aesthetic. One can see this employed on a grand scale on a bookcase supplied to Queen Charlotte in 1762 (op. cit., fig. 14) and a kneehole desk at The Mansion House, London (op. cit., fig. 19), both of which share stylistic similarities with the present lot.

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