A quite outstanding pair of Regency Rosewood and Brass-inlaid Card Tables by John Wellsman of London, made in circa 1820. Of outstanding quality, the brass marquetry has been etched and inlaid ‘contrepartie’, and unusually depicts huntsmen with spears and bows, wounded bears, hunting dogs, serpents and armadillos, all inset in a running border of scrolled acanthus leaf with fruiting vines, measuring 37 3/4in. wide; 19in. deep; 29in. high. John Wellsman produced a suite of Rosewood furniture, with identical brass inlays, for Sir John Davie, 9th Bt. (1798-1824) for the drawing room at Creedy Park, Devon, in 1820. Probably Wellsman’s most important commission ‘The Creedy Park Suite’ is fully documented in the Devon Records Office. The cost and quality of the suite, and indeed this particular table, reflect Wellsman’s great abilities as a cabinet-maker. N.B. John Wellsman is recorded in 1813 with workshops and premises at 33 Wardour Street, Soho and Portman Mews, London. By 1821 he had expanded to Hollen Street, where he is last recorded in 1823.
Stock No: F151