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  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baldock, Edward Holmes, born 1777 - died 1845 (made)
    Blake, Robert (decorated)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Octagonal marquetry centre table inlaid in ivory, mother of pearl and stained woods with Aesop's Fables in cartouches.


ca. 1840 (made)


Baldock, Edward Holmes, born 1777 - died 1845 (made)
Blake, Robert (decorated)

Object history note

This table, from the collection of the Earl of Stair, was purchased at Christie's, London, April 20th 1978, lot 29. It is one of a group of very similar tables, all with marquetry decoration on the top. E.H. Baldock, a distinguished dealer in furniture and other objects, supplied two octagonal tables of this type, one to George Lucy of Charlecote (National Trust) in 1837 and another to the Duke of Buccleuch in 1840. The Charlecote table is still in situ and the Buccleuch table is now at Lotherton Hall (Leeds Museums). Other examples are at Penrhyn Castle (National Trust) and at Carlton Towers, Yorkshire. This table, stamped by Edwards & Roberts, a Victorian firm of cabinet makers, may have come from the Duke of Norfolk's London home, Norfolk House. Other examples of the table are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The marquetry decoration is attributed to the Blake firm, makers of inlay and buhl, whose members included Robert Blake, active 1826 until about 1840, and Henry Blake who supplied the marquetry for another of the octagonal tables (Alnwick Castle), designed by C.P. Slocombe in 1853 for the Duke of Northumberland and completed in 1865.

Labels and date

English; about 1840
Marquetry decoration
Probably executed to the order of E.H. Baldock by Robert Blake
E.H. Baldock, the most distinguished dealer of his day, is known to have supplied similar tables to George Lucy in 1837 and to the Duke of Buccleuch in 1840. Other tables of this type are at Carlton Towers, and Penrhyn Caste. The basic form of the table seems to derive from a design in Richard Bridgens, Designs for Furniture and Candelabra (1838). The marquetry, attributed to Blake, is influenced by German 18th century models.
From the collection of the Earl of Stair. [1978]


Ivory; Mother of pearl; Wood




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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