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Altar table

Altar table

  • Place of origin:

    Clerkenwell (made)

  • Date:

    1764 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Gomm & Son (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved mahogany

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire

This table is in the Rococo style of the 1730s to 1750s. The highly curved, or 'cabriole' legs, and lively carving, with swags of fruit and flowers, are typical of this style. The 5th Lord Leigh commissioned the piece in 1764 for use as an altar table in the chapel at his house, Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire. By that date the Rococo style was no longer the height of fashion, but the table fitted well with the plasterwork and carvings in the chapel, which also featured cherub's heads. The cabinet-making firm William Gomm & Son of Clerkenwell Close, London, made the table, and their bill for £31.50 still survives. The table is now on long-term loan from the V&A to Stoneleigh Abbey.

Physical description

Rectangular mahogany table on four outward curving legs carved with swags of fruit and flowers and scrolls, with a cherub's head on the front.

Place of Origin

Clerkenwell (made)


1764 (made)


William Gomm & Son (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Carved mahogany


Height: 33 in, Width: 49 in, Depth: 31 in

Descriptive line

Altar table of carved mahogany by William Gomm & Son, English 1764

Labels and date


Designed and made by William Gomm & Son of Clerkenwell Close, London, for the 5th Lord Leigh's chapel at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, in 1764.

Given by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. [pre October 2000]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission






Furniture; Religion

Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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