Many Pieces Making an Extraordinary Whole

August 25 2016, 11:53am

  Carlton Hobbs LLC. This extraordinary mahogany George III birdcage tripod table top is set with a decorative scheme employing Chinese and Japanese ceramic fragments and mother of pearl. Carlton Hobbs LLC. In the English antiquarian tradition, the top of this highly unusual table is mounted with a wide ranging group of fragmentary export wares, from early 18th century Imari and Yongzheng famille rose through late Qianlong, as well as other examples. The circular discs, of varying sizes, depict flowers, animals, and figures. The decoration of certain fragments is repeated, likely having come from the same tea service. Smaller porcelain fragments and mother of pearl are inlaid to create a figural group; while others comprise trees, bouquets, and flower-filled vases. It’s possible that the the inlay was done as a pastime by an aristocratic lady of leisure. Detail. Carlton Hobbs LLC. The table was formerly in the collection of Lady Bertha Baron (1899-1981), the wife of Sir Edward S. Baron (1892-1962), a director of Carreras, the tobacco and cigarette firm, and son of Bernhard Baron, the English philanthropist.