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Table leg

Table leg

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2006 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Neal, Gareth, born 1974 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Beech cut with a bandsaw

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gareth Neal

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These four prototype table legs (W.6-2016, W.7-2016, W.8-2016, W.9-2016) relate to another object in the V&A collection, the ‘George’ chest of drawers (W.14-2013), which was purchased through the Design Fund in 2013. As prototypes, they show a clear progression of thought by the maker, Gareth Neal. In his words, they demonstrate his ‘journey to George’. Made in 2006 using cheap timber, each prototype took about a day to make.

This is the first in the series. Here we see Neal’s attempts to create crisp lines using a band saw. Some of the planes were accidentally broken during production, creating what he saw as a pleasing contrast between the crisp and the missing planes.

Physical description

A block of beech, cut horizontally with a bandsaw revealing the form of a Queen Anne-style table leg inside. Some of the horizontal planes were accidentally broken off during production.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2006 (made)


Neal, Gareth, born 1974 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Beech cut with a bandsaw

Object history note

Handmade by Gareth Neal in 2006. Neal gave these pieces (W.6-2016, W.7-2016, W.8-2016 and W.9-2016) to the V&A in 2016 [2016/55].

Descriptive line

Prototype table leg; beech cut with a band saw; Gareth Neal, London, 2006






Woodwork; Designs; Furniture

Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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