Luxury Design, Past & Present
Attributed to Frederick Hintz, who along with the better known John Channon were leading proponents in London of the German and French style of brass inlaid furniture of the time. Hintz worked from premises at ‘The Porcupine’, Newport Street near Leicester Square, London during the mid 18th century and is recorded at this address from at least 1738.
This rare table is in solid mahogany, the tip-top lobed with ten co-joined indentations all inlaid with brass stringing, centered with a brass strung pentafoil panel; the voids ornamented with engraved brass and mother-of-pearl foliate and leaf inlays typical of the works attributed to Frederick Hintz; the column support with ring turning above a wrythen knop over a tripod base, the knees with shell and bell-flower carving, each leg elegantly pierced and terminating in elongated ball and claw feet. The definitive work on this form is John Channon and Brass-Inlaid Furniture 1993, by Christopher Gilbert and Tessa Murdoch where they illustrate similar examples and note that there only thirty four brass inlaid pillar and claw tables recorded of which thirteen have ten circular indentations. See pages 113-120.
Gilbert and Murdoch note that the tops and stands of these tables are “quite often married,” so the possibility that this table is a marriage does exist. However, the fact that the carving to the knees of the base are of bell-flowers, mirroring the mother-of-pearl inlay to the top does speak in favor if the table being correct.
Overall in very good condition with various very well restored hairline fissures to the legs and top.
London, probably by Frederick Hintz 1745-1750