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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    de Bernadis, Bernardo, born 1807 - died 1868 (designer)
    Carl Leistler & Son (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved oak

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the University of Edinburgh

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pedestal and its pair (Museum no. W.12A-1967) are part of a group of furniture displayed by the Austrian manufacturer Carl Leistler & Son of Vienna at the Great Exhibition held in London in 1851. The furniture was presented to Queen Victoria by Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and installed at Buckingham Palace. Later, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided to refurbish the royal palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for use during their Scottish holidays, and the Austrian furniture was moved there. It was given to the University of Edinburgh by King George V in 1923.

The design of the pedestal is based on an architectural column with arches and foliage in the Gothic style, which was very popular with German designers and manufacturers of furniture in the 1850s. The pedestal was originally used to display carved figures by the sculptor Anton Ritter von Fernkorn.

Physical description

An octagonal pedestal with gothic window tracery forms carved in the lower half and gothic foliage towards the top.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1851 (made)


de Bernadis, Bernardo, born 1807 - died 1868 (designer)
Carl Leistler & Son (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Carved oak

Descriptive line

Carved oak pedestal designed by Bernado de Bernadis and made by Carl Leistler and Son, Vienna ca. 1851.

Labels and date



'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

At the London 1851 Great Exhibition this stand was shown alongside the gothic bookcase by Leistler & Son now shown opposite. It originally supported carved figures by the sculptor Anton Ritter von Fernkorn (1813-1878). The inventory marks 'VR BP No 216 1866' and 'GR HP 1911' indicate that after presentation to Queen Victoria by the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, the stand was at first kept at Buckingham Palace but later moved to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Given by the University of Edinburgh [1987-2006]




Cabinet-making; Carving


Ph-survey; Furniture; Woodwork


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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