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The English Interior

Thu, Sep 23, 2021 11:00AM EDT
Lot 450

Regency Penwork, Painted and Parcel Gilt Tilt-Top Games Table

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
Sold for

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

28 1/8 x 21 x 21 in.

Note: This table is reputably from Tyrrells, 2 Greek Street, Soho, London. Very little is know about Tyrrells, one known table of similar form is listed. Tyrrells is listed in the early 19th century as a fancy stationers shop.

We would like to thank James Abbott for confirming that Stéphane Boudin was the Maison Jansen designer for the Biddle projects. He noted, "The chess/games table is very much in keeping with the decorator's preference for black lacquer and 'Japanned' accent pieces...other decorators of the time were 'doing this', but Boudin 'did it' for the likes of: the Duchess of Windsor; Jayne Wrightsman; Lilian, Princess of Réthy; and yes, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (White House Queen's Sitting Room)...".

Note: Penwork, the practice of creating designs in pen and watercolor, was a popular pastime from about 1780-1850. Designs can either be applied in black to a white gesso base, or in a practice called 'voiding' which referred to working in reserves on a black ground. The coats of arms on this table represent the twenty-five barons who acted as sureties and were present at the signing of the Magna Carta by King John in 1215. King John and the surety barons can be seen in scenes on the edges of all four sides of the table.


Minor crazing to top with some inpainting and traces of old finish. The base essentially repainted and regilt. Formally fitted with casters.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.