Stock Code: 2427 - SOLD
Description: A superb William & Mary walnut dressing table, retaining excellent original colour and patina. The rectangular top, quarter veneered, cross and double feather banded.
The front with three oak lined, feather banded drawers fitted with original brass drop handles over a shaped and cock beaded apron which is again feather banded around the perimeter. The table is supported by 6 octagonal tapering and turned baluster legs, joined by a wave stretcher on bun feet.
Further Information: This type of table also known as a "lowboy" particularly when referring to later 18th century models, closely relates in form to another model noted as a "Reading Table" sold in the Parry Collection sale at Christie's in 1997, achieving a high five figure sum. As the design of these tables matured into the 18th century, the evolved into the more abundantly found four cabriole legged version. This table in this form and stunning original condition is a particularly rare piece.
Mr and Mrs Melvyn Rollason were passionate collectors of early English oak and walnut furniture and early English clocks. In 1939 they moved to Ludstone Hall in south-east Shropshire, a moated Jacobean manor house for which their collection was especially well suited. Arthur Oswald described the glories of Ludstone in three "Country Life" articles during January 1952, in the third of which he wrote "Mr Rollason's collection of furniture has been acquired with the ruling idea of buying what would look best in the house". John Parry is a also passionate collector of fine English furniture, to such an extent that parts of his extensive collection was auctioned at Christies in a one owner sale both in 1997 and 2010.
Condition: Excellent. Waxing. One bun foot replaced, others with minor repairs one replaced side stretcher. The handles apparently original.
Country of Origin: England
Origin/Age: English, William & Mary, circa 1690
Provenance: Latterly private collection Yorkshire. The John Parry Collection, North Wales formerly with the Rollason Collection, Ludstone Hall, Shropshire.
Dimensions: Height 29.50 inches (74.93cm) Width 32.25 inches (81.92cm) Depth 19.00 inches (48.26cm)