This exceptional table with shaped quarter veneered moulded edge folding top opens to reveal a gros and petit point embroidered panel, candle stands and guinea wells above a shaped frieze on cabriole legs with shell carved knees terminating in pad feet.
The 18th century needlework panel represents the legend of Bacchus and Ariadne from Greek mythology. Bacchus was surnamed ‘The Bearded’ conquered the Indies. The Panther is sacred to Bacchus and the magpie his favourite bird.
- Height: 29.25ins (74cm)
- Height (open): 28.25ins (72cm)
- Width: 36ins (92cm)
- Depth (closed): 18ins
Provenance: from collection of Lady Baillie, Leeds Castle, Maidstone. Purchased 1944 Frank Partridge & Sons, then by decent
see LAPADA GUIDE ‘Walnut in early 18th century furniture making’