circa 1770 - 1780
A George III padouk, mahogany and marquetry octagonal tripod table attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough. Circa 1770.
The octagonal tilt-top with segmented veneers inlaid with a central spray of summer flowers within a scalloped border and tulipwood cross bandings. The turned and fluted stem with a vase-shaped knop, on inwardly scrolling moulded legs. The table top is of the highest quality and overall the piece is 18th century with some restorations.
Henry Hill is listed as a cabinet maker, coach maker, auctioneer and representative of the Sun Insurance Company. He was active in Marlborough from about 1740 until his death in 1778 when the business was taken over by his assistant Samuel Hilliker. Most of Hill's known clients were landed Wiltshire families including the 9th Duke of Somerset at Maiden Bradley, Arabella Calley of Burderop Park, Wiltshire and the Methuens at Corsham Court.
The marquetry on this table closely relates to that on a commode by Henry Hill for Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire in 1770/1771 (see L. Wood, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Catalogue of Commodes, fig. 55). The Maiden Bradley commode appears to have the same floral spray and 'C' scroll inlay to the top and the same floral sprays on the drawer front as in the above lot.
It is however worth noting that a table with an identical top was sold Sothebys 'Collections', 30th April 2013 and was there attributed to Mayhew and Ince, the Golden Square Cabinet Makers. Certainly the inwardly scrolled moulded legs appear to be taken from their Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762.
Please note the similarity with our Console Table, almost certainly by the same maker.
Old repairs to the legs and to the block.
Height 68.00cm (26.77 inches)
Width 59.00cm (23.23 inches)
Depth 59.00cm (23.23 inches)
Stock No: 10680