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Work table

Work table

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany, turned and carved; modern velvet; modern wool

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Brigadier W.E. Clark

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Work tables were essential pieces of domestic furniture for women. This example, although relatively simple in design, was practical and functional. The flat top could be used as a working surface and embroidery materials and tools stored in the bag below the drawer, which could be pulled out for easier access, while the padded stretcher offered a comfortable foot rest. The pillar-like legs, with their elongated leaf decoration and the lion paw feet, are examples of the influence of the Greek Revival style which had been fashionable for furniture since 1800.

Physical description

The work table consists of a rectangular top with two tapering turned pillar end supports on square section bases with lion paw feet and a padded stretcher covered in modern velvet. On one side of the top there is a drawer, with two turned knobs and a keyhole, and from the bottom of this drawer is suspended a bag on a frame, covered in modern red wool. The drawer can be pulled open to give access to the interior of the bag.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Mahogany, turned and carved; modern velvet; modern wool


Height: 72.7 cm, Width: 61 cm, Depth: 42.9 cm

Descriptive line

Of mahogany, with carved decoration, with a hanging bag of pleated silk


Furniture; Woodwork; Needlework accessories


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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