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Writing Table

ca. 1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Gaspard Feilt, who made this table, was a native of Germany, although he worked in Paris. Many Parisian cabinet-makers came from Germany, bringing their skills to be perfected in the greatest European centre for luxury trades. Feilt, who died in 1763, must have made this table in about 1750. Just at that time it was becoming standard practice for cabinet-makers in Paris to stamp their pieces. His stamp, 'G.FEILT', is struck under one rail of the central drawer, together with the mark J.M.E., the mark of the committee of the cabinet-makers' guild which was supposed to inspect and approve all pieces. The floral marquetry with which this writing table is decorated seems to have been Feilt's speciality, and most surviving pieces stamped by him are similarly decorated.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Writing Table (Bureau Plat)
  • <Font -I>bureau Plat</Font -I>
  • Drawer
  • Drawer
  • Drawer
  • Keys
Materials and Techniques
Veneered with tulipwood, with marquetry of kingwood and gilt-bronze mounts
Brief Description
Writing table of serpentine form, raised on cabriole legs, veneered in tulipwood with floral marquetry in kingwood and gilt-bronze mounts, designed and made by Gaspard Feilt, Paris, ca. 1750.
Physical Description
A writing table of serpentine outline, raised on four cabriole legs. Veneered in tulipwood on oak, with floral marquetry in kingwood, and gilt-bronze mounts. The drawer linings are of walnut
Dimensions
  • Height: 75cm
  • Width: 88.5cm
  • Depth: 155cm
Dimensions taken from Carolyn Sargentson's catalogue
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'G. FEILT J.M.E.' (Stamped under the front rail of the middle drawer. J.M.E. is the mark of the cabinet-makers' guild of Paris)
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Jones
Object history
In the collection of John Jones before 1882. Said to have belonged before that to the Angerstein Collection but it does not appear in the sales from that collection in the 19th century
Subject depicted
Summary
Gaspard Feilt, who made this table, was a native of Germany, although he worked in Paris. Many Parisian cabinet-makers came from Germany, bringing their skills to be perfected in the greatest European centre for luxury trades. Feilt, who died in 1763, must have made this table in about 1750. Just at that time it was becoming standard practice for cabinet-makers in Paris to stamp their pieces. His stamp, 'G.FEILT', is struck under one rail of the central drawer, together with the mark J.M.E., the mark of the committee of the cabinet-makers' guild which was supposed to inspect and approve all pieces. The floral marquetry with which this writing table is decorated seems to have been Feilt's speciality, and most surviving pieces stamped by him are similarly decorated.
Collection
Accession Number
1052:1 to 5-1882

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record createdOctober 19, 1999
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