Description: the oblong top inset with an oval blue and gilt Sèvres solitaire tray with harbour scene, within a gilt leaf cast border above a sprung frieze drawer on square tapering legs and a galleried white marble undertier, the plaque with an interlaced LL mark in blue containing date letter U for 1773, painter’s mark of letter M for Jean-Louis Morin
Dimensions: 78cm. high, 36cm. wide, 31cm. deep; 2ft. 6¾in., 1ft. 2in., 1ft.
Condition Report: This lovely piece is in very good condition. There are minor marks and scratches consistent with age and use, and some light tarnishing to the gilt bronzes. The plaque also with marks and scratches, the veneered surround with light water marks. The spring-activated drawer is in good working order. The marble undertier with only very minor marks. Of sound construction.
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Provenance: Purchased by Gervas Evelyn Pierrepont, 6th Earl Manvers (1881 – 1955) for Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire;
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Thence by descent.