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Antique Scottish Regency Rosewood Tea Table in the Manner of William Trotter

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A Scottish Regency rosewood tea table, circa 1820, attributed to William Trotter of Edinburgh. The rectangular crossbanded top above a frieze with typically Scottish sunken panels with bead moulding to all sides, on a waisted and lotus-clasped square section column with concave quadripartite platform base raised on fluted bun feet. The hinged swivel top concealing a green baize lined storage space and opening to a polished crossbanded surface. In good condition and super colour and grain, the interior baize has some fading and there is a small piece of veneer missing to the rear side next to one of the dowels, and also on the rear to the bottom edge of the platform base. Approximate dimensions at largest points Width - 38in (96.5cm) Depth - 18 3/4in (47.5cm) Height - 30 1/8in (76.5cm) Top closed - 38in x 18 3/4in (96.5cm x 47.5cm) Top open - 38in x 37 5/8in (96.5cm x 95.5cm) William Trotter was born into a family of merchants in 1772, descended on the maternal side from the family of John Knox. He became a member of The Merchant Company in 1797 and by 1809 he was sole proprietor of the firm Young & Trotter. Accounts from the firm survive for over fifty patrons including the marquesses of Graham and Tweeddale; the earls of Cassillis, Dumfries, Hopetoun, Lauderdale, Traquair and Panmure; the Lords Arniston, Hailes and Milton; the baronets James Clerk, William Forbes, John Hall and Alexander Kinloch; and the lairds of Ardwall, Balbirnie, Boqhan, Cairnfield, Drummelzior, Freswick, Kemnay, Kilbagie, Langton, Largo, Menziesfield, Moncraig, Newliston, Prestonhall, Saughton and Stair, as well as accounts for the Assembly Rooms, Holyroodhouse, and Register House.  Often regarded as the most eminent of all Scottish cabinet makers, his success was in part due to his appreciation for his client's taste. Using the finest quality materials, Trotter developed a distinctive Regency style typically characterised by bold carving, bead moulding and reeded legs and supplied furnishings to some of Scotland's most important houses and institutions including: numerous apartments in the Palace of Holyroodhouse; Dumfries House; Mount Stuart and Edinburgh's Parliament House. Trotter worked with various partners in Princes Street until his death in 1833. The management of his shop continued under the title of 'Heirs of Wm Trotter' and later under the name of William's son, Charles, until it closed in 1852.
  • Similar to:
    William Trotter (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 30.12 in (76.5 cm)Width: 38 in (96.5 cm)Depth: 18.71 in (47.5 cm)
  • Style:
    Regency (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1820
  • Condition:
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Recently repolished by the previous owner, small section of missing veneer to the front has been filled & polished, some. small pieces of missing veneer to rear which can be filled.
  • Seller Location:
    Glasgow, GB
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 06861stDibs: LU2763329889832
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