An important George II carved giltwood side table, attributed to Matthias Lock, the deeply fluted frieze with an upper leaf border issuing swags of finely carved leaves and flowers between scallop shells centred by a bearded classical mask depicting Jupiter adorned with acanthus decoration, on eight elaborately carved and scrolling cabriole legs terminating in claw and ball feet.
The marble top a later replacement. At Buxted Park, painted white with traces of gilding. Re gilt in 1964.
The Ionides Collection, property of the late The Hon. Mrs Nellie Ionides, Buxted Park, 1963, Sotheby & Co 31st May 1963, Important English Furniture Part 1. Removed from Buxted Park.
With Mallett 1966
Private UK collection
For a comparative example see:
An Important George II Giltwood and Black-Painted Side Table - Lot 64, Sotheby & Co Sale of Highly Important English Furniture, The property of The Right Hon. The Earl Poulett, removed from Hinton House, Somerset, 1st November 1968.
A sketch for a side table with six legs by Matthias Lock, The Victoria and Albert Museum, 2610, the George Lock Collection.
A carved giltwood side table attributed to Matthias Lock after this design and with six legs in the Earl of Dartmouth's collection, photographed in Chippendale Furniture by Anthony Coleridge, pl.94.
J.F.Hayward, 'Furniture designed and carved by Matthias Lock for Hinton House, Somerset', Connoisseur, December 1960, pp.284-6.
The side table at Hinton House, made and designed by Matthias Lock in 1744 for The Right Hon. The Earl Poulett, has the almost identical array of four legs on the front and two either side.
Lock was a highly accomplished carver and designer, recorded at two London addresses: Nottingham Court, Castle Street, Long Acre in 1746 and 'Near The Swan', Tottenham Court Road in 1752. It is believed that he was engaged for a period by Chippendale for certain drawings and carving work. Between 1740 and his death in 1765 he published numerous books of designs for furniture, including mirrors and girandoles, some in collaboration with Henry Copland. These always reflected the latest fashion and so in the later years they progressed to the neo-classical taste. The Victoria and Albert Museum retains many of his original drawings, which were acquired in the middle of the 19th century from the Lock family. After Lock's death, many of his works were reprinted. The publisher described him as 'the famous Matt Lock recently deceased who was reputed the best Draftsman in that way that had ever been in England'.
The best known of Lock's major commissions was the furniture he supplied to the 2nd Earl Poulett for Hinton House in Somerset in the early 1740's, of which a pier glass and pier table are also now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The pen and wash drawing, now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum records that a similar table with six legs took 29 days to produce and carving was charged at £7 5s. with the joinery at 16s.
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