GEORGE IV PAINTED PEDESTAL SIDEBOARD
England, circa 1825
Item # C103204
A striking pedestal sideboard with an overall green ground polychrome surface against gilded highlights, the sideboard is knock-down for easy and safe transport. The arched backdrop is enhanced with a large classical genre scene of figures conversing, the curvature perfectly matches the demilune of the central bridge with its pair of floral decorated drawers flanking a small freize drawer with a crisp genre painting of sheep in a golden field before a castle. This locks into the pedestals on either side with large dowels and screws from the inside coupled with the backdrop, which also screws into the sides. Both pedestals are capped with scrolled backsplashes with beige ground over a pink fan. These are symmetrically decorated with exquisite paintings of conversing shepherds and goatherds as well as sprawling country landscapes. The right pedestal has a wine drawer and the left a shelved cabinet (perhaps adjusted from formerly being a drawer) over shelved cabinet space on either side, these surrounded by powerful spiral columns over turned feet.
Note: this will ship disassembled (knocking down into two pedestals, two pedestal backdrops, central arched backdrop and central section) and will need to be assembled upon receipt. As always, the quoted shipping is for a curbside delivery without any assistance beyond the curb by the driver. Full service delivery quotes are available upon request.
- Deaccessioned from Philadelphia Museum of Art, acc. no. 46-89-1
- Sotheby's, New York, 11 October 1996, "Important English Furniture and Decorations”, lot 164
Professionally conserved, painted surface and gilding refreshed throughout. Painted panels of a later date, pedestal backsplashes are likely added. Minor nicks, dings and chips to the wood; chips above keyholes. Old shrinkage cracks in side of case. Numerous additional screw holes and later screws for securing parts together - the sideboard disassembles for safe transportation.