Description & Technical information

A very rare and important early 18th century carved gesso side table attributed to the royal cabinet-maker James Moore, having a rectangular top with finely carved gesso relief of scrolling strapwork and fine leaf carving, centred by a crowned cipher with the letters ‘WMC’, above a moulded frieze; on four square legs with carved edge joined by an X-stretcher and terminating in bulbous leaf carved feet.

Note: A similar table, also attributed to Moore, is in the celebrated collection at Boughton House, Northamptonshire. The cipher ‘WMC’ may represent William and Margaret Cadogan. William Cadogan (1672-1726) served as an officer under the 1st Duke of Marlborough during the War of the Spanish Succession. He was created Baron Cadogan of Reading in 1716, and this table may have been commissioned in celebration of his elevation.

Date:  1720
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Gesso
Dimensions: 77 x 100 x 55 cm (30³/₈ x 39³/₈ x 21⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Possibly Baron William Cadogan of Reading.
Literature: Ralph Edwards and Margaret Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet Makers, 3rd revised edition, 1955, figs 24 & 33. Christopher Gilbert, A Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, 1996, pp. 339-42.
Tessa Murdoch, The King’s Cabinet-Maker: The Giltwood Furniture of James Moore the Elder, The Burlington Magazine, June, 2003, pp. 408-20.

Categories: Furniture