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, the top inlaid throughout with floral sprays and husks radiating out, above an ormolu mounted frieze similarly inlaid and 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 wonderful pier table is attributed to the pre-eminent cabinet-makers John Mayhew (d.1811) and William Ince (d.1804). Attribution is based on stylistic and construction relationships to 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 . 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.
Similar marquetry banding to that found on the frieze of this table is seen on their confirmed works that include the celebrated Derby House commode and the Shafto commode from Bavington Hall, Northumberland, and on an urn and pedestal, supplied by the firm to Lord Kerry in circa 1770.
A. Oswald, ‘Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire – III’, Country Life, 18 June 1953, p. 1975, fig. 10
C. Cator, ‘The Earl of Kerry and Mayhew and Ince: The Idlest Ostentation’, Furniture History Society, vol. 26, 1990, fig. 3
Mayhew & Ince ( 1736-1803)
Mayhew & Ince produced some of the finest designs, and pieces of furniture during the 18th Century, and in 1762 published a folio of drawings titled the "Universal System of Household Furniture" that was dedicated to the Duke of Marlborough. Its publication was in response to the great success Thomas Chippendale had had with his book of designs " The Gentlemen and Cabinet Makers Director" of which it is known Ince was a subscriber. Mayhew & Ince would have seen at first hand the financial, and general commercial benefit of producing a catalogue that circulated around the aristocracy. Mayhew & Ince style leaned toward a more classical influence, and there is evidence to show they had a strong working relationship with Robert Adam, who also favoured a classical influence in his designs.