Table

  • Designer / Maker

    After a design published by Thomas Hope

     

     

  • Detail

    Mahogany

    English, circa 1802

  • Provenance

    Thomas Hope, Duchess Street, and later at The Deepdene; by descent through Henrietta Adela Hope, wife of 6th Duke of Newcastle; Lord Henry Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle; by descent to 9th Duke of Newcastle; Diana, Duchess of Newcastle (died 1998) at Cortington Manor, Wiltshire.

  • Literature

    This table is illustrated in Household Furniture, London, 1807, pl. XXVI, no. 7. Although its first position at Duchess Street is not known, by 1819 a table of this pattern, and possibly a second, were in the newly-constructed Flemish Picture Gallery.

    If Hope’s admiration for Bogaert is taken at face value, then the carving of the end supports of this table should be taken as the benchmark for measuring Bogaert’s hand and ability.

    Although no precise source has been identified for the crouching lion-supports,the conception is very familiar in Classical prototypes, such as Charles Heathcote Tatham, Etchings … of Ancient Ornamental Architecture, where he illustrates similarly conceived supports for a porphyry bath in the Borghese Palace.

    Another noteworthy example is Tatham’s drawing of an ‘Antique fragment … supposed to have been the elbow to a consular Chair.’

  • Collection

    Victoria and Albert Museum, London