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Table

Table

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carlin, Martin (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oak veneered with tulipwood, marquetry in sycamore, tulipwood, boxwood, ebony and purplewood. Gilt-brass and leather.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1071:1-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This small writing table is typical of the light, simple Neoclassical design that was popular in late 18th-century Paris. The woods used in the marquetry table top, now faded, would originally have been vibrantly coloured.

The table may be by the cabinetmaker Martin Carlin (about 1730-1785), who is known to have used similar legs and marquetry patterns on other pieces of furniture. Another table in the V&A's collection (Museum number 1049-1882), stamped by Carlin, is a larger and more elaborate version of this desk.

Physical description

Small writing table on four fluted legs. The top of the table is rectangular with rounded edges. The case is oak veneered with tulipwood. The top is veneered with a marquetry trellis pattern in sycamore, tulipwood, boxwood, ebony and purplewood. Four narrow panels of this same marquetry pattern, enclosed in brass frames, outline the four sides of the table.

The front edge of the table is formed as a single drawer front. When pulled out, the top of this drawer is a leather-covered writing surface. To the right of the writing surface is a small purplewood compartment for writing materials. This compartment contains a fitted metal ink well and trough. The writing surface can be slid back to reveal a compartment in the base of the drawer.

Each leg is inset with six gilt-brass flutes. The legs have gilt-brass feet and are crowned by concave capitals. A pierced gallery runs around the table top.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Carlin, Martin (made)

Materials and Techniques

oak veneered with tulipwood, marquetry in sycamore, tulipwood, boxwood, ebony and purplewood. Gilt-brass and leather.

Marks and inscriptions

An unintelligible stamp on the table includes a last letter that could be an 'N', followed by 'JME'

Dimensions

Height: 65.5 cm, Width: 62 cm, Depth: 29.8 cm

Object history note

This small writing table was bequeathed to the Museum in 1882 as part of a large collection of 18th-century French fine and decorative art given by the businessman John Jones. Nothing is known of its history before it was acquired by Mr Jones.

Historical context note

This small writing table is typical of the light, simple design that was fashionable in late 18th-century Parisian interiors. Writing tables such as this were generally used as personal furniture, by both men and women.

Descriptive line

Small rectangular writing table on four fluted legs, the top decorated with a marquetry trellis pattern. French, ca. 1775

Materials

Oak; Sycamore; Tulipwood; Boxwood; Ebony; Purplewood; Brass

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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