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Powerscourt table

A massive Irish George II buff-painted side table with original Kilkenny fossil marble slab, circa 1740.

The Viscounts Powerscourt, Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow, Ireland;
Christie’s Powerscourt house sale 24-25th September 1984, lot 477;
Christopher Gibbs, London;
Private Collection, New York.

This table appears in a late 19th Century photograph of the dining-room at Powerscourt (in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland). This dining room was re-configured from other rooms in around 1880. It is not known whether the original position of the table in the house was in the entrance hall or the dining-room. The ancient castle at Powerscourt was re-modelled in the 1730’s by Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (1697-1751) who commissioned the architect Richard Cassels to create one of Ireland’s greatest Palladian Houses.
Mervyn, 7th Viscount Powerscourt (1836-1904), wrote in his Description and History of Powerscourt (London, 1903) that the table was carved by his great-grandfather, the 4th Viscount (1762-1809). This seems likely, however, to be family legend. It seems unlikely that anyone would be creating something in such a baroque style at that time. And the carving, while provincial, does seem decidedly accomplished for an amateur.

Height: 34.5in. / 88cm
Width: 96in. / 244cm
Depth: 40in. / 102cm


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