Early 19th C. British Colonial Pedestal Table from Jamaica, West Indies, c 1835

A Fine and Rare Early 19th Century British Colonial Pedestal Side Table from the Island of Jamaica in the West Indies. It dates from the William IV Period and was made of solid Mahogany that was Hand-Carved by Slaves on the Plantation, c. 1835. The Pedestal, with Balusters and Acanthus Leaf carving resting on a Quadripartite base with Bun feet, has been adapted in the West India Creole style and is typical of Jamaican Colonial furniture of the period. This exquisite piece of furniture has been attributed to the most famous Cabinetmaker in 19th Century Jamaica, Ralph Turnbull. This item is one of several splendid pieces of Early 19th Century Jamaican Colonial Furniture being sold and is from the famous Ashmeade-Hawkins Collection. This Pedestal Side Table originally came from the 18th Century Great House of Low Ground Plantation, Clarendon, Jamaica and belonged to James Beckford Wildman, Esq. (1789-1867), a wealthy Sugar Planter who also owned Chilham Castle in Kent, England and was Member of Parliament for Colchester from 1818 to 1826. A close friend of Jane Austen, he was also the Godson of the famous William Beckford of Fonthill who was known as "England's wealthiest son". This Pedestal Side Table remained in the possession of James Beckford Wildman's descendants the Munn family of Low Ground Plantation till the 1990s. As most serious Dealers and Collectors know the majority of 18th and Early 19th Century West Indian Colonial Furniture is handed down as family heirlooms from generation to generation by the old British and French Colonial families on their Plantations in the Caribbean and seldom comes on the Market. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a fine example at a very reasonable cost.

Length: 42 inches
Width:  23 inches
Height: 37 inches


Price: $4,500.00

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