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  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hope, Thomas, born 1769 - died 1831 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany, inlaid with ebony and silver, and carved in relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries, case 12

Object Type
This table represents the late Greek revival in both its design and ornamentation. For example, the plinth is decorated with scrolling anthemions (a motif based on the honeysuckle flower), which imitate the designs used on ancient Etruscan vases.

Materials & Making
The cabinet-maker is unknown, but the table was probably made in London, judging from the high quality of the workmanship and materials.

Design & Designing
A table like this is illustrated as Plate 39 in Household Furniture and Interior Decoration... executed from designs by Thomas Hope, London, 1807. It is described as 'Top and elevation of a round monopodium or table in mahogany, inlaid with ebony and silver'. The publication allowed many commercial cabinet-makers to make versions of this design.

A very similar table is featured in a watercolour (dated 1818) by Hope and the architect William Atkinson. The watercolour depicts the boudoir in Hope's house, Deepdene, near Dorking, Surrey. This table was as one time thought to be the V&A piece, but the pedestal of the one depicted is plain.

Related Objects
Several other versions of this table design exist with different details of decoration, including one with gilt-bronze mounts at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


ca. 1805 (made)


Hope, Thomas, born 1769 - died 1831 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany, inlaid with ebony and silver, and carved in relief


Height: 69.5 cm, Width: 103.2 cm

Object history note

This table was illustrated in Hope's book 'Household Furniture and Interior Decoration' , published in 1807. He based the inlaid ornament on designs found on Greek vases. Circular tables on pedestal bases became a standard form of Regency furniture.

Descriptive line

Hope table, mahogany inlaid with ebony and silver and carved in relief, designed by Thomas Hope, London, ca. 1805

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ann Eatwell, 'A Testimonial Table and Vase Shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851', in The Decorative Arts Society Journal, vol. 41, 2017, pp. 10-13, illustrates a table of 1850-51, in ebony and silver, but closely modelled on the overall design of this table, which is illustrated as fig. 3, on p. 10

Labels and date

ENGLISH; about 1805
Mahogany inlaid with ebony and silver.
Made to a design by Thomas Hope and illustrated in his Household Furniture and Interior Decoration…(London 1807), where it is described as 'a round monopodium of table in mahogany, inlaid with ebony and silver.'
Made for Thomas Hope's house, Deepdene, Surrey. [pre October 2000]
About 1805

This table was illustrated in Hope’s book Household Furniture. He may have designed it for his country house, the Deepdene. The inlaid ornament is based on designs found on Greek vases. Hope popularised this type of circular table on a pedestal base and it became a standard form in Regency furniture. [51 words]

Mahogany inlaid with ebony and silver and carved in relief
Designed by Thomas Hope (born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1769, died in London, 1831)
Museum no. W.13-1936 [2000]


Furniture; Woodwork; British Galleries


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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