Designer / Maker
Designed by E.W. Godwin (1833-86)
The manufacture probably by Collinson & Lock (1870-97)
Rosewood, with brass ‘shoes’
68 x 51 x 51 cm
English (London), circa mid-1870s
Susan Weber (intro.), E.W. Godwin FURNITURE, 2018, no. 15
The form of this table should be compared to a design prepared by Godwin for Collinson & Lock as part of the commission (1873-75) for William Randolph Innes Hopkins at Grey Towers, Nunthorpe (V&A: AAD, E.487-1963). Although the gothic pile still stands, albeit in ruins, none of the twenty-five pieces of Godwin-designed furniture, nor the decoration, is known to survive (Soros, The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin, 1999, pp. 40-41).
A table of this form, with angled brackets between the legs and the lowest horizontal stretchers was formerly at Tyntesfield (Soros, 1999, no. 223).
Other examples to have been noted include a rosewood example, the first to be identified (private collection), an ebonised, version acquired in 2007 (private collection), a rosewood version shown Blairman at TEFAF Maastricht in 2009 (private collection), and another is in a European private collection.
Although Soros (1999, 223) describes the design for the table as ‘Anglo-Japanese’, the fretted sides might more accurately be seen as deriving from mid-eighteenth-century English interpretations of Chinese taste. The use of such sources includes designs published by William Halfpenny, 1750, Paul Decker, 1759, and Thomas Chippendale, 1763 (see Elizabeth White, Pictorial Dictionary of 18th Century Furniture Design, 1990, pp. 427-36).