Satinwood, parcel-gilt, inlaid with ebony and amaranth
66.1 x 55.9 x 55.9cm
English (London), circa 1860
[…]; H. Blairman & Sons; private collection (2007-21)
H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2007), no. 10
The present table has much in common with a suite of satinwood, inlaid and parcel-gilt furniture supplied to Charles Scarisbrick for Scarisbrick Hall, Lancashire, the design attributed E. W. Pugin and the manufacture to the firm of Crace (1768-1899). A writing table (now destroyed) from the Scarisbrick Hall commission had, for example, similar column-formed legs; see Jeremy Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors (London, 1987), fig. 79. Also stylistically analogous is a walnut, marquetry and brass-mounted card table designed in 1866 by John Diblee Crace and supplied by the firm of Crace to William Gibbs of Tyntesfield House, Wraxhall, Somerset; see Mallett, The Nineteenth Century, exh. cat. (London, 1996), pp. 14-17. An unprovenanced cabinet, attributed to Crace, has parcel-gilt chamfering and inlaid columns comparable to details on the table; see H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2002), no. 10.
Intricately designed octagonal tables, on the same scale as this table, were produced by many designers and manufacturers during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. For example, in our own publications, see a table attributed to Charles Bevan and made by Gillow (H. Blairman & Sons, Gothic- Revival Furniture by Charles Bevan (n.d. , no. 2) and a table by Howard & Sons (H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2004), no. 9). Gillow described such pieces as ‘Octagon Coffee Table[s]’; see estimate sketch dated 17 October 1869, City of Westminster Archive Centre: microfilm 344/109, no. 7729.