A Rare Pair of Étagères Firmly Attributed to Donald Ross

H: 28 in / 70 cm  |  W: 16 in / 41 cm  |  D: 14 in / 36 cm


Constructed in kingwood with tulipwood cross banding, decorated with the typical Donald Ross dotted marquetry trellis work to the upper and lower tiers, having single mahogany lined drawers in the apron, which are fitted with cast loop handles; rising from gilt dressed tapering square section legs shod with foliate bronze sabots, having undertiers inlaid in a conforming manner, dressed with arcaded ormolu galleries.
English, circa 1860


Donald Ross, of 13 Denmark Street Soho London exhibited a drawing room suite at the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London exhibits a pair of side tables, made in a virtually identical manner.

The design source of these tables by Ross is drawn from Pierre Garnier (1720-1800), a highly esteemed Parisian Maître Ébéniste; the Jones Collection Catalogue shows a virtually identical table illustrated as plate 33; Pierre Kjellberg's 'Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle' shows a writing table variant under the oeuvres of Garnier.

REF No. 8821

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