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Table

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carcase of oak and sycamore, veneered in purplewood, boxwood and tulipwood, with marquetry of holly, purplewood, sycamore (stained in parts), pearwood, hornbeam; mounts of gilt bronze; writing surface of leather

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1070:1-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The collection of French 18th-century furniture became a mania among rich connoisseurs throughout Europe and America in the middle of the 19th century. John Jones, who left this table to the V&A in 1882, was among the most celebrated collectors. At this time furniture in the style of the 18th century was both reproduced and faked, and many collectors bought quite new objects thinking that they were more than a century older.

The decoration of this small table is in the style of the marquetry produced by Roger Vandercruse (RVLC) and by Charles Topino, both of whom worked in Paris in the 1760s. John Jones probably thought that it had been made at that date. Although the table is a good copy of such pieces, the exceptionally thin veneers are machine cut. This is typical of 19th-century work, as is the use of ‘stringing’ – narrow lines of veneer outlining the panel.

Physical description

Small oval table on tall cabriole legs, veneered with floral marquetry. Writing surface of red leather.

Place of Origin

Paris (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1860-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carcase of oak and sycamore, veneered in purplewood, boxwood and tulipwood, with marquetry of holly, purplewood, sycamore (stained in parts), pearwood, hornbeam; mounts of gilt bronze; writing surface of leather

Marks and inscriptions

Underside of drawer has remains of old label

Dimensions

Weight: 10 kg, Height: 67 cm, Width: 57.5 cm, Depth: 39 cm

Object history note

In the collection of John Jones before 1882

Descriptive line

Small oval table on tall cabriole legs, veneered with floral marquetry in the style of Roger Vandercruse (RVLC) or Charles Topino; French, about 1860-80

Production Note

Made in 1860-1870 in Paris, in the style of RVLC or Topino

Materials

Oak; Sycamore; Purplewood; Boxwood; Tulipwood; Holly; Pearwood; Hornbeam; Gilt bronze; Leather

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Veneered; Marquetry

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Ribbon

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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