Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by Peter Waals (1870-1937)
Ebony and walnut, on mahogany ground
68.6 x 106.6 x 106.6 cm
English (Chalford), circa 1930
The Goddard family, Leicester; by descent; private collection
‘The Goddard family of Leicester were important local patrons of the arts. Joseph Goddard, a chemist developed Goddard’s plate powder, a cleaning powder without mercury. He promoted the use of the powder by giving free samples to travellers (salesmen) who visited his shop. He was a Baptist like Thomas Cook and promoted temperance in the works and improving excursions – to, for example, the 1851 Great Exhibition – for the workforce. The family had close links with the Evans family following the marriage of W A Evans to Nancy, one of the four Goddard daughters, in 1904.’ (quoted from Leicester Museums website).
Other furniture supplied by Waals for the Goddard family, including a cabinet en suite with the present ten-sided table (F. 29), is in the collection of the New Walk Museum, Leicester (see Annette Carruthers, Ernest Gimson and the Cotswold Group of Craftsmen, Leicester, 2007, F.25-29, and F.31-32.