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George III Chippendale Period Carved Mahogany Serpentine Concertina-action Games Table

George III Chippendale Period Carved Mahogany Serpentine Concertina-action Games Table


circa 1760

The serpentine top with a quilted marbling mahogany grain is quite unusual and has padouk cross-banding and a crispy carved moulded edge. The flamed veneered frieze and carved beading sit above stiff leaf brackets on straight fronted chamfered legs. The legs are decorated with edge and dart mouldings with a centre carved paterae. The original makers stamp of H. Tibats can be found on the hinge of the concertina-action. Many fine pieces of mid-18th Century case furniture, particularly card tables, have 'H.TIBATS' stamped on their hinges. The stamp almost certainly refers to Hugh Tibbatts, 'hinge and sash fastening maker' of Bell Street Wolverhampton, listed relatively late in the 1781 Pearson & Rollason Directory for Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Bilston and Willenhall. There appears to be no mention of Tibats or Tibbats (the spelling of the name varies) in the West Midlands area after 1781. That the stamp appears on pieces of earlier date, the business was probably long-established by 1781. A concertina-action card table, circa 1755-60, with quadrant hinges stamped 'H. Tibats’ is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (W.65:1-1962). The name Tibats was first brought to notice in 1966, by Peter Thornton who highlighted the latter table and another privately owned card table. However, at this date the origins of the metalworker had not been established (P. Thornton, 'A Signed Hinge', Furniture History Society, vol. 2, 1966, pp. 44-45).


Height 74.00cm (29.13 inches)

Width 92.00cm (36.22 inches)

Depth 49.00cm (19.29 inches)

Stock No: F543


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