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Regency Period Ebony and Gilt Table with Italian Specimen Marble Top

Period 19th Century
Materials Ebony, Lapis Lazuli, Marble, Gilt Bronze.
W. 33.5 in; H. 29 in; D. 25 in;
W. 85.09 cm; H. 73.66 cm; D. 63.5 cm;
Condition Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
Creation Date 1815
Description Rare Regency period work table attributable to James Newton

Of free standing form, constructed from goncalo alves and ebony, in part ebonized and gilt, dressed with bronze mounts, and marble; rising from castor mounted claw footed scrolled legs in the Regency Neo-Grecian taste, having a conjoining platform, incorporating an upholstered footstool, and dressed with bronze anthemions at the angles; the octagonal Italian specimen marble top is inset within an ebony border decorated with a running band of brass palmettes; the frieze, incorporates a cedar lined lockable drawer dressed with bronze addorsed stylized anthemion mounts, and fitted with an easel slide, baize lined, with a smaller drawer housing an inkwell, sander and a quill tray; below, a fitted work slide. Formerly with a work basket.

James Newton (1773-1821)

Upholder and cabinet maker, trained in the celebrated workshops of Lawrence Fell and William Turton - business rivals of the great Thomas Chippendale - and, in the tradition of ambitious men, married the daughter of the latter, which in part accounts for his meteoric rise to prominence; executing commissions, inter alia, for Matthew Boulton at Soho House, the Earl of Jersey at Osterley, and Sir Gilbert Heathcote; familiar with the fashions of the Regency period, he is listed as a subscriber to Thomas Sheraton’s 1803 ‘Cabinet Dictionary’; a pair of chairs with close concordances to a design of Thomas Hope’s Household Furniture’ (plate 22), and bearing his label may be viewed at the Royal Pavilion Brighton.

Marble Platform

The Carrara white marble ground incorporates specimens of Lapis Lazuli, Antico Rosso, Giallo Sienna, Cipollino, Mandorlato Rosso, Brecciato, Bigo Antico, inter alia.


The estate of Lady Ann Babington, Kelso, Roxburghshire; sale held on 12 and13 November 1946, sold to Shirley Neame;

Exhibited; The Regency Festival Exhibition, Brighton Pavilion, 1948

Catalogue of the Regency Exhibition, Brighton Pavilion, 1948 (ed. Clifford Musgrave)
Brian Reade’s ‘Regency Antiques’ published Batsford London 1953, plate 42
1995 Furniture History Society article by Giles Ellwood, pp129-205
The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840 pub. Furniture History Society 1986.
Styles / Movements Regency
Incollect Reference Number 245601
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