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A 17th Century pewter and ebony inlaid side table, attributed to Gerrit Jensen (1667-1715).

The table is inlaid overall with strapwork and arabesque marquetry and fitted with a frieze drawer.

It is on square tapering legs headed by Ionic capitals, on later toupie feet, 79cm high by 100.5cm wide.

Gerrit Jensen was cabinet maker to the Royal Household from the reign of Charles II (1660-1685) to that of Queen Anne (1702-1714) and the only cabinet maker working in this technique in England at this date.

He also worked at Chatsworth between 1688 and 1698 for the 1st Duke of Devonshire (1640-1707), brother-in-law to John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700); the two often employing the same artists and craftsmen.

The Burghley accounts show that between 1682 and 1704 `Jerret Jensen’ was paid a total of £534, although itemised accounts have not been traced.

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘My Lords Dressing roome, 1 writing Desk Table, & Drawer Inlaid with metall white.’


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