An exceptional George II period carved mahogany serving table with Breccia Rosato marble top
English, circa 1755
Height: 35 ½ in (90cm) Width: 72 ¾ in (184.5cm) Depth: 35 ½ in (90cm)
The Phipps Family Trust
Henry Phipps, Jr, emigrated to the U.S in the early part of the 19th Century and settled in Pittsburgh. He was Andrew Carnegie's business partner in Carnegie Steel Company and became a very wealthy man as the company's second largest shareholder and investments in real estate.
The frame stamped W.H.
The moulded Breccia Rosato top over a finely carved frieze of strapwork and paterae supported by four cabriole legs carved with anthemion and acanthus terminating in scrolled feet.
The carving and workmanship on this table is of the highest quality and this, coupled with the use of dense mahogany and perfect balance of design, is indicative of a St Martins Lane cabinetmaker. It is tempting to speculate that the initials W.H carved into the rail may be those of William Hallett. Certainly the overall quality of this piece is consistent with his work.
Illustrated in F. Lewis Hinkley Metropolitan Furniture of the Georgian years (pictured with later mahogany top)