circa 1770 - 1775
George III 18th century serpentine satinwood and parquetry inlaid console table attributable to Henry Hill of Marlborough. The serpentine shaped top with rounded corners is crossbanded and inlaid very finely with sycamore, ebony and box stringing and Tunbridge style blocks. The flower heads that adorn the re-entrant corners to the parquetry top are fine in detail and typical of his work. The satinwood top inset with lozenges and centred by an ash oval inlaid with harewood and sycamore floral marquetry and entwined acanthus chains. The floral marquetry is depicting a bouquet of flowers tied with a bow ribbon. The moulded top is raised on a carved giltwood base. The frieze is decorated with carved circular flower heads and oval medallions with fluted channels. The console stands on two finely tapered, fluted and carved front legs with gilt brass wall brackets.
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.
Lucy Wood indicates that most of Hill's clients were landed Wiltshire families.
A marquetry Pembroke table with similar parquetry, the absence of a drawer, and same pierced X-stretcher, was sold Woolley & Wallis, 20 September 1984 and consigned from a house in Dorset. This table is illustrated in L. Wood, The Lady Lever Art Gallery Catalogue of Commodes, London, 1994, p.68, pl.50. Lucy Wood suggests in her text that the Woolley and Wallis Pembroke may be from the same commission as the commode, No.4 from the Lady Lever Collection as the marquetry corresponds so closely.
A Pembroke table attributed to Hill with a marquetry and parquetry top was sold Phillips, London, 9 October 2001, lot 64, which in turn relates to a Pembroke table illustrated in L. Wood Op.cit., fig 47, p.67, which was commissioned for Burderop Park, by Arabella Calley, one of Hill's regular clients.
Height 82.00cm (32.28 inches)
Width 104.00cm (40.94 inches)
Depth 56.00cm (22.05 inches)
Stock No: 10686