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A Victorian Gilt-Bronze and Jasper-Ware Mounted Writing Table

ENGLAND, Circa 1860

REF No. B73250

dimensions

Height :76 cm | 29⁷/₈ in
Width :123 cm | 48³/₈ in
Depth :67 cm | 26³/₈ in

description

A Victorian Gilt-Bronze and Jasper-Ware Mounted Writing Table.

This fine bureau plat or side table has a leather top with a Greek key gilt border above a shaped apron to the front mounted with Wedgwood style jasper-ware roundels. There is a drawer to each end mounted with rectangular jasper-ware panels and the reverse of the desk left plain and veneered. The table is raised on cabriole legs terminating in castors.

This elegant writing table has two side panels and three central plaques depicting putti at play. Two plaques illustrate Cupid, who is identifiable by his bow and quiver of arrows (loading his bow with an arrow in the left plaque as he stands upon three steps, and stringing his bow in the right plaque). Between these two compositions is depicted Erato, the muse of lyrical and love poetry, playing a lyre accompanied by Eros.

Each side panel represents a parade of putti enjoying leisurely pursuits: one side with an allegory of the hunt, and the other the liberal arts. The hunting party depicts eleven putti with the accoutrements of the hunt: from the left, one plays a lyre as two others take notes; three carry the head of a boar; two carry the head of a stag accompanied by a hound; and three at the front of the procession carry a spear and trumpets, accompanied by a hound and bird of prey. The other panel illustrates another eleven putti with various objects associated with leisure and the liberal arts. From left to right: two figures play musical instruments (a lyre and a trumpet); three consider an astrological globe; three engage in painting a sculptural bust; and two dance as a third plays a viola.

A Victorian Gilt-Bronze and Jasper-Ware Mounted Writing Table







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