This family business was started by Simon's father in 1987 in the City of Bath where they traded for 10 years as Beau Nash House Antiques. Simon joined his father in 1997 when they renamed the business Freshfords Fine Antiques. Simon's father retired in 2005 and the
business has now moved to the shop in Bradford-on-Avon.
Exceptional Regency Period Polychrome Penwork Chinoiserie Table Cabinet attributed to George Wimpear
Fine Pair of George III 18th Century Period Mahogany Bow-Fronted Chests of Drawers
Rare Tuscan 17th Century Carved Giltwood Mirror
Late George III Regency Period Revolving Mahogany Drum Table by Gillows of Lancaster & London
The ormolu mounted marquetry inlaid top sits above a single concealed full length drawer. The shapely frieze is intricately decorated with floral marquetry designs and fitted with crisply cast gilt ormolu mounts. The table stands on elegant swept cabriole legs with gilt bronze mounts.
The French style of furniture was very much the fashion of the day and this design is in the Louis XV manner, of Arc-en-arbalette form.
Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845)
Baldock is listed in London Trade Directories of the early 19th Century in various capacities. He first appears at 7 Hanway Street, London in 1805 described as a 'dealer in china and glass' and by 1821 as 'an antique furniture and ornamental furniture dealer'. By 1826 the various facets of the business included 'buying and selling, exchanging and valuing china, cabinets, screens, bronzes etc.'
From 1832-1837 he is recorded as a purveyor of earthenware and glass to William IV and later, a purveyor of china to Queen Victoria from 1838 until his death. He is known to have repaired, remodelled and adapted furniture, often 18th century pieces, but he also designed furniture both in the 18th Century style and in more contemporary styles.
Marquetry of similar design to that on this table has been connected with a family of marquetry workers, The Blakes, whose workshops were adjacent to Baldock’s retail premises.