A fine Regency rosewood and boulle inlaid Centre Table
A fine Regency rosewood and boulle inlaid Centre Table probably from the workshop of George Bullock, the circular hinged top with broad contre-partie brass floral band on coromandel border and gadrooned edge above a line laid brass frieze, on a concave pillar with vine and flower inlay, supported on a quatrefoil base with leaf and bell flower inlay and scrolled feet with recessed castors.
England, circa 1820
Height: 73 cm Diameter 140 cm
Provenance: Sotheby's, Important English Furniture, London, 9th July 1993, lot 217 H. Blairman and Sons: 'George Bullock, Cabinet-Maker', 1988, cat. 9 and 44, illustrate two cabinets inlaid with the same leaf and bell flower border as the base of this table, the former supplied by Bullock to John, 4th Duke of Atholl in 1818. The design from which all three borders are taken appears in unbound number 251 of the Wilkinson Tracings, the copies of Bullock's designs which were made in 1821, three years after his death. The sale of Bullock's stock in 1819 included not only his designs, but actual lengths of brass and wood inlaid border and panel ready made for application to furniture. The marked catalogue reveals eager bidding for both commodities, and it is clear that other cabinet-makers sought to emulate Bullock's style. In the present case, however, the similarity to the form and character of Bullock's documented oeuvre is unusually strong and it seems likely that the table was produced by one of the cabinet-makers employed in the workshop at Tenterden Street.