Posted 3 years ago
This Irish George II table is exactly like the one I own. It was brought to my attention by the Curator of The John D. Rockefeller collection at Kykuit Mansion in New York state.
The first photo is in the Rockefeller collection, which I lightly colored but did not put the yellow in some of the veins of marble. The second photo I see the table to the left of it as the first photo !! Unfortunately because of digital computer, and the computer cannot understand the pixels in the lion's face, and is very difficult to see the incredible crisp and beautiful carving !~
The curators name is Katrina and she had seen my post on Collectors Weekly and she sent me the photo of her matching table to my table, at the beginning of the last week in May 2018. It is exciting to find out that the Kykuit Mansion table is an exact match and came from Tiffany's store in NYC and was purchased in March of 1908 for the mansion. Tiffanys said that it came from the collection of Sir Purdon Clarke. Kykuit curators still had the bill and records of purchase from March 1908 at Tiffanys !!~
There is a wiki article on Sir Purdon and was interesting to note that he was a curator also when they brought him over to NYC to manage some of the met collections !~
We think that probably they were a pair at one time, these type of serving tables usually it seems were carved and made in pairs, however we do not know if they were separated or why now they are not together. Possibly they came from the same owner, and when the estate was sold, someone only wanted or had room for one. Their table now is in the Great Hall at Rockefeller mansion, Kykuit, there since they installed it in their entrance hall in 1908 ! The tables great identical match sits in my living room !~