An exceptional pair of George III serpentine kingwood and brass inlaid concertina-action card tables attributed to John Cobb. In the French taste, the fold-over tops quarter-veneered and with a moulded edge, each fitted with a kingwood cross-banded bordered baize playing surface and underneath a sliding tray with a container for cards, with a shaped similar veneered and brass strung frieze, standing on elegant cabriole legs terminating in elaborate ormolu sabots.
Each table with the most outstanding ormolu mounts to the knees.
Of superb colour throughout.
Originally from Stowe, Buckinghamshire Presumably supplied to George Grenville, Marquess of Buckingham (1755-1813) for Stowe House, Buckinghamshire Thence by descent
Height: 29.53 in (75 cm) Width: 36.22 in (92 cm) Depth: 17.72 in (45 cm)
There is a painting by Zoffany that shows George III playing cards with Sir John Simeon. Notice the almost idential card table at which they are playing. The mounts on the knees and feet, and the style of the veneers, look extremely similar to our tabes. A further painting by Zoffany of the Dutton Family shows a similar table again.