A Pair of Polychrome Painted Bass-Wood BlackamoorsProbably English, 18th century
Early Century Blackamours are very rare. The design of this pair, with turbaned figures on tripod bases comprised of acanthus leaf carved cabriole legs ending in bold claw and ball feet, is very dramatic and appropriate for what one would expect to be produced for a home in 18th century England or its American colonies.
Wood analysis by Harry Alden confirms that the wood of the tables is bass-wood, also known in England as lime-wood. This hardwood was popular with carvers in England because of its close grain. Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) did most of his flower and figure carvings for St. PaulÕs Cathedral and Windsor Castle in lime-wood. Bass-wood was also often used as a secondary wood for craftsmen such as Japanners.
An additional report by Jennifer Mass, Senior Scientist at Winterthur, confirms the presence of seven paint layers executed in period techniques including smalt,verdigris and bronze powder paint.
H. 28 in.; W.(of base) 20 in.; W. (of top) 12 in.; D. (of top) 17 _ (average measurements for pair)
Estimate: $6,000 - $10,000