Designer / Maker
The design attributed to Owen Jones (1809-74)
Presumably manufactured by Jackson & Graham (firm active 1836-85)
Maple, sycamore, ebony and amaranth
67.3 x 61 cm (diameter)
English, circa 1870
Although the association between Owen Jones and Jackson & Graham is well established, there is little documentation formally to attribute surviving furniture now lacking provenance. The present table, which can confidently be attributed to Owen Jones, relates particularly to furniture designed by Jones for Eynsham Hall, circa 1872.
Three distinct features distinguish tables from Eynsham Hall: rich woods, strongly geometric veneers and idiosyncratic legs and stretchers. See, for example, the circular table now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Carol H. Flores, Owen Jones: Design, Ornament, Architecture, and Theory in an Age of Transition, New York, 2006, fig. 4.22); a square-topped table with canted corners, also from Eynsham Hall, is now in an English private collection; see Paul Shutler, ‘Owen Jones Table Rediscovered’, Furniture History Society Newsletter, 177 (February 2010), p. 4, and a circular table with Blairman’s in 1996 (see Flores, op. cit., pl. 4.26, ‘Drawing Room’).
An oak and parcel-gilt table for Alfred Morrison with a circular table and a geometric aventurine and jasper top, was sold from Fonthill House (Christie’s, on the premises, 1 November 1971, lot 163). This table, now in an English private collection, displays similar characteristics to the Eynsham Hall tables, as well as to the present example.