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Side Table

Linnell, William, c. 1755-60, Furniture; side table, carved and gilt pine with a Florentine marble top. H. 99; L. 170

<p align="JUSTIFY">This magnificent pier table was made for Bramshill House, Hampshire, and was originally ensuite with a lofty and equally elaborate mirror. The design corresponds closely to a drawing attributed to William Linnell from c1755, an older contemporary and rival of Thomas Chippendale.   <p align="JUSTIFY"><span lang="EN-AU">The Florentine marble slab is supported on cabriole legs lavishly carved in the rococo taste with fronded scrolls, palm branches and bold satyr-masks. The frieze is styled with a vigorous flame border and the front centres on a pierced apron featuring a basket of grapes surrounded by leafy C-scrolls. The gilt surface is richly tooled, burnished and textured.</span> <font size="2">The table was exhibited at the Royal Academy <i>English Taste in the 18<sup>th</sup> Century</i>, Winter 1955/6. It was given through the LACF by Lady Martin in 1940. (Gilbert, C. <i>Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall</i>, Vol. II, 1978)</font> <font size="2"><span style="display: none;"> </span></font>