Manufactured by George Trollope & Sons (1843-after 1890)
Walnut, ebony, with carved ends and the original leather top
76 x 136 x 71 cm
English (London), circa 1870
[…]; private collection
The Illustrated Catalogue of the Universal Exhibition …, London, 1868, p. 36
See Jonathan Meyer, ‘Trollope & Sons – Makers and Exhibitors of Fine Furniture’, The Decorative Arts Society Journal 25 (2001), pp. 87-96
The present table is a version of the ebony table ‘inlaid principally with engraved ivory and mounted with ormolu’, exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1867 (see below).
A walnut, marquetry and brass mounted version of this model formed part of the pioneering collection formed by Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read; it was later acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (W.30:1 to 3-1972).
A further example was sold Sotheby’s (London), 5 July 1996, lot 151, and for an ebonised variant, labelled ‘G. Trollope & Sons, see H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2002), no. 16