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Writing table

Writing table

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Feilt, Gaspard (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Veneered with tulipwood, with marquetry of kingwood and gilt-bronze mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1052:1 to 5-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Feilt, Gaspard (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Veneered with tulipwood, with marquetry of kingwood and gilt-bronze mounts

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

Dimensions

Height: 75 cm, Width: 88.5 cm, Depth: 155 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

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.

Materials

Oak; Tulipwood; Kingwood; Gilt bronze; Walnut

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Veneering; Casting; Chasing; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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