Designer / Maker
Designed by B.J. Talbert (1838–81) Manufactured by Holland & Sons (1843–1942)
Oak, inlaid with various woods 108.4 × 106.7 × 55.3 cm English (London), circa 1868
Stamped ‘HOLLAND & SONS’, on the back
[…]; with The Fine Art Society, 1981, from whom acquired by Donald Cooper; and by descent
Bruce J. Talbert, Gothic Forms Applied to Furniture Decoration, &c., Birmingham, 1868, pl. 2 (for the design)
Charlotte Gere & Michael Whiteway, Nineteenth-Century Furniture, London, 1993, pl. 130
‘Architect-Designers Pugin to Mackintosh’, The Fine Art Society, 5–29 May 1981, no. 34
Perhaps surprisingly, only one other ‘side-table’ of this form and size has been noted to date. The other example was in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1989–2000), and is now in a private collection; see The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Fall 1989, p. 289.
The Metropolitan owns a longer ‘side-table’, closer in proportion to the published design; see H. Blairman & Sons Ltd, Furniture and Works of Art (1999), no. 12. Another long version with a marble top, formerly with Blairman’s, in is in a private collection; see R.W. Symonds and B.B. Whineray, Victorian Furniture, London, 1962, figs. 58 and 59.
While Talbert’s involvement with Holland & Sons is well established, apart from furniture shown by the firm at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1867 (such as the Pericles Cabinet, Metropolitan Museum of Art), what else he designed for the cabinet-maker is less well docu- mented. Such information as has been gleaned about Talbert’s connection with Holland & Sons is given in Sally MacDonald, ‘Gothic Forms Applied to Furniture: The Early Work of Bruce James Talbert’, Furniture History, XXIII (1987), pp. 39–66.