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.
A second ‘side table’ of the same form as the present example, varies in detail and decoration; see The John Scott Collection: A Christmas Spectacular (2014), no. 221.