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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:

    W.6-2016

  • 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)

Date

2006 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials

Beech

Techniques

Sawing

Categories

Woodwork; Designs; Furniture

Production Type

Prototype

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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