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Christopher Fuhrlohg

A writing table

Ronald Phillips Ltd

Date 1785

Period George III

Origin English

Medium Satinwood

Dimension 77 x 172 x 81 cm (30³/₈ x 67³/₄ x 31⁷/₈ inches)

An ormolu mounted satinwood, tulipwood and cocobolo writing table attributed to Christopher Fuhrlohg.
Note: The table retains all the original ormolu mounts and probably the original gold tooled black leather writing surface. The castor wheels and forks are of later date.
The parquetry veneered frieze houses four drawers to one side and dummy drawers to the reverse side.
One drawer has a faux ivory label reading ‘Frank Partridge/Works of Art/26 King Street St. James’s/and/New York’.
Christopher Fuhrlohg was born in 1737 into a Swiss family that had emigrated to Sweden. He came to London via Amsterdam and Paris (where he had worked for Simon Oeben in 1767), and initially worked for Linnell. The influence of the latest French fashion on his work can be found in the collection of Linnell drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where a design for a commode is signed with his name. Strong neoclassical lines and skilful parquetry veneering are characteristic of Fuhrlohg’s work.

Height: 2 ft 6 in; 77 cm
Knee height: 2 ft; 61 cm
Width: 5 ft 8 in; 172 cm
Depth: 2 ft 8 in; 81 cm

Date: 1785

Period: George III

Origin: English

Medium: Satinwood

Dimension: 77 x 172 x 81 cm (30³/₈ x 67³/₄ x 31⁷/₈ inches)

Provenance: Frank Partridge Ltd., London, England, and New York, USA.
Partridge Fine Arts Ltd., London, England.
Private collection, Switzerland.

Literature: Partridge Fine Arts Ltd., ‘Recent Acquisitions 1996’, catalogue, pp. 58-9.

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