England, c1760





In the manner of Thomas Chippendale, the adjustable molded baluster stem with brass ratchet, raised 

on a well carved tripod base with down-scrolled feet, supporting a rectangular revolving dished top

(threaded onto shaft),  surmounted by the original removable box-form “tape loom” with shaped heddle

(slotted wooden card) having 18 slots and 51 holes, which sits upright as a loom, and slides in to serve as a tabletop


*In the 18th Century, this type of loom was used to weave lace and narrow bands of cloth called “tapes”,

used for straps, trim, and ties, as well as laces.  Most of these looms are utilitarian.  One of this quality is quite rare.


Provenance :

David H. Wilson, Teaneck NJ

David H. Wilson (1949-2011) was one of this country's leading connoisseurs in 17th and 18th century British furniture.  He served as a consultant, appraiser and restorer for Sotheby’s and Christies, as well as leading dealers and collectors in New York, London, and throughout the United States.  Mr. Wilson was also instrumental in vetting many major collections for authenticity.  After a long and valiant battle with cancer Mr. Wilson died in February 2011.   M. Ford Creech Antiques, whose furniture acquisitions Mr. Wilson has directed since January 2009, is offering for sale part of his furniture collection, each piece being chosen for a very unique and captivating quality - and each "exactly right".  Mr. Wilson never chose to impress - more to delight his own impeccable eye, his sense of grace, history - and humor.

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Literature :

Charles Messer Stowe, 'Chippendale hand loom on adjustable tripod. An example of 18th century

drawing-room industry', The Evening Sun, New York, 18 November 1935.


Condition :

Excellent, with fine color and patination; several old repairs to the tripod legs and minor edge losses to the box;

several shrinkage cracks to removable heddle; original interior spool not present; original iron spider verso


33.5” High (Extended) x 13.25” Wide x 8” Deep




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