A George III Ormolu-Mounted, Mahogany, Satinwood and Marquetry Demi-Lune Side Table Attributed to Mayhew and Ince
An Exceptional demi lune George III satinwood and marquetry console table inlaid throughout with floral sprays, standing on square tapering legs,
English Circa 1780
Width: 62” 157.4 cm
Depth: 25.5” 64.7 cm
Height: 30” 76.2 cm
This marquetry pier table is likely to by the pre-eminent and fashionable Golden Square cabinet-makers John Mayhew (d.1811) and William Ince (d.1804) based on its stylistic relation to their confirmed works. It is closely comparable to a pier table with the same border to the top, in the Upstairs Drawing Room at Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire (A. Oswald, ‘Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire – III’, Country Life, 18 June 1953, p. 1975, fig. 10). Although Mayhew and Ince are not known to have worked at Burton Agnes, there are at least two other distinctive commodes in the same room, which are undoubtedly by their hand. Furthermore, similar marquetry banding to that found on the frieze of this table is seen on their confirmed works including the celebrated
Derby House commode and the Shafto commode from Bavington Hall, Northumberland, and on an urn (together with pedestal) supplied by the firm to Lord Kerry in circa 1770 (C. Cator, ‘The Earl of Kerry and Mayhew and Ince: The Idlest Ostentation’, Furniture History Society, vol. 26, 1990, fig. 3).