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A george iv oak, indian ebony, oak and ebonized games table
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A GEORGE IV OAK, INDIAN EBONY, OAK AND EBONIZED GAMES TABLE\n\nATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE BULLOCK, CIRCA 1825\n\nThe square top inlaid with scrolling foliate border and gadroon-molded rim, the rotating central section inlaid with a chessboard to one side, the reverse inset with leather, on lotus leaf-headed scrolled legs and paw feet, joined by a concave-sided undertier with lotus boss, with recessed castors\n\n29 ¾ in. (75.5 cm.) high, 37 7/8 in. (96.2 cm.) square


George Bullock (d. 1818) is one of the most recognized names in Regency cabinet-making, admired largely for his dramatic ‘Grecian’ forms, his use of indigenous English woods (such as British oak), and inventive ornamental patterns realized in brass or marquetry. Originally from Liverpool, Bullock had set up his business in London by 1812 and in 1815, he advertised as ‘Sculptor, 4 Tenterden Street, Hanover Square, Mona Marble and Furniture Works, Oxford Street’, where he worked until his death in 1818 (Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1680-1840, 1986, p. 127).

This library table of golden oak, embellished with Grecian-black ebony, is conceived as an altar in the early 19th century French or antique manner. It incorporates a games-box within its pivoting leather top. Honeysuckle enriches the top's ribboned border and is inlaid in the Louis XIV 'Roman' fashion. Palms and laurels embellish the serpentine and truss-scrolled pilasters and bacchic paws support the Ionic-scrolled and hollow-sided 'altar' plinth.

A closely related ebony inlaid oak games table attributed to George Bullock was sold, Christie's London, 9 June 2005, lot 239 (66,000 GBP).

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