possibly John Bladwell (fl.1725-1768)
Carved softwood, white painted and gided, Portor marble
93 x 213.5 x 91.3 cm
Place of origin
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Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
A carved pier table, circa 1750, one of a pair, gilded and white painted, with a Portor marble top above an open frieze carved with scrolling leaves and flower swags, centred by a shell shaped cartouche, the four massive zoomorphic legs headed by a curved acanthus feet and terminating in lion's feet. One console, in the Staircase, was destroyed by the fire in 1989 and reproduced. It is thought that this pair was commissioned by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh and were intended for the Saloon where Repton's bookcases have been placed circa 1815. They might have been supplied by John Bladwell (fl.1725-1768), established in Covent Garden, who provided carved giltwood furniture to Uppark between 1750-60 as his name occurs several times in Sir Matthew's accounts books.
Acquired by Matthew Fetherstonhaugh (1714-1774); by descent; given to the National Trust in 1954 with the house and some of its contents by Admiral the Hon. Sir Herbert Meade-Fetherstonhaugh.
Makers and roles
possibly John Bladwell (fl.1725-1768), carver and gilder