Writing table

Ref: 2486
  • Maker

    Manufactured by George Trollope & Sons (1843-after 1890)

  • Detail

    Walnut, ebony, with carved ends and the original leather top

    76 x 136 x 71 cm

    English (London), circa 1870

  • Provenance

    […]; private collection

  • Literature

    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

  • Notes

    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