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It is to be offered by Mallams in Cheltenham as part of its two day sale on November 30 and December 1.

The table, made around 1740, was consigned by a Gloucestershire vendor and carries an estimate of £15,000 to £20,000.

Mallams' Robin Fisher described the table as "a superb example of 18th century cabinet-makers skill and craftsmanship".

Its lobed tilt top has eight circular dish reserves inlaid with faces inside clover leaves. The centre has a mask head within trailing foliage and acanthus leaf inlay. Below is a turned acanthus leaf column on carved claw feet. It is 2ft 5in high and 2ft 3in wide (72 x 67cm).

Mallams cannot say with certainty who made the table but point out there are similar examples by both John Channon and Frederick Hintz – an example by Hintz is in the V&A.

This style of table has been described as in the 'boule' fashion, relating to works produced by a group of emigrant cabinet-makers who came to London during the reign of George II. Hintz, a German émigré, is recorded to have traded in Newport Street in London. Similar works are also noted to have been made by a firm called Landall & Gordon in Westminster, London.


A similar lobed inlaid table attributed to Frederick Hintz sold at Christie's London in November 2011 at £79,250, including buyer's premium.