Fine George III Hepplewhite Mahogany Tea Table
A very fine George III Hepplewhite period mahogany twin-gateleg action tea table,
English, c. 1775.
The well figured fold-over serpentine-shaped top with moulded edge, over a shaped and carved 'Antique'-fluted frieze, raised on four square cut and chamfered finely beaded legs.
The table is designed in the neo-classical or Roman fashion, promoted by such prominent tastemakers of the era as Robert Adam, James Wyatt and George Hepplewhite. Its finely curved serpentine outline, as well as the use of 'Antique'-fluted frieze and beaded decoration, echoes the style of the London firm of William Ince and John Mayhew of Soho, subscribers to the Thomas Chippendale's Director and authors of ‘The Universal System of Household Furniture’ (c.1762). A number of documented pieces by Ince and Mayhew, having the distinctive carved fluted frieze, can be found at Burghley House, Lincolnshire.
They are first recorded as partners in December 1758, advertising from an address at Broad Street in January 1759. In 1763 they were described as `cabinet-makers, carvers and upholders’, and in 1778 `manufacturers of plate glass’ appeared on their bill heading. From 1780s the categories of `cabinet maker’ and upholsterer predominate, reflecting the change in taste from carved to veneered and inlaid furniture, which was more fashionable. The partnership was quick to embrace these new forms as is shown by their own work and their involvement with Robert Adam himself in making furniture to his own designs for many of his important clients. Mayhew and Ince worked for many important patrons who included the Prince of Wales, 5th Duke of Devonshire, 5th Duke of Bedford and 1stDuke of Northumberland.
Fabulous colour and patination, well-figured interior.