William III Anglo-Dutch Marquetry Side Table

England or Holland | c. 1690

This rare table, of exceptionally large size, would have been an important commission as it is veneered with the rarest and most expensive materials available at this early date. It includes olive wood, ebony, ivory, padouk, rosewood, amaranth and oyster lignum vitae.

The complex top consists of a series of geometric motifs on an oyster lignum vitae field with rosewood cross-banding above a single long drawer. It is supported on four turned solomonic columns joined by a marquetry stretcher on bun feet.

The metalwork and bun feet later replacements.

An English aristocratic family before 1900 and by descent.

A Cabinet-on-Stand by the same master cabinet maker was sold by Christie’s Amsterdam, European Noble and Private Collections, Lot 270. 14-16 December 2010 for 43,000 euros. Christie’s stated in the catalogue that according to the owner a drawing for an en-suite table was discovered inside one of the doors during restoration. This is almost certainly that table the whereabouts of which was unknown until now.

Length: 70 ¾” (180cm); Depth: 25 ¾” (65.5cm); Height: 30” (76.2cm)

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