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  • Place of origin:

    Manchester (made)

  • Date:

    1887 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lamb, James, born 1816 - died 1903 (maker)
    Horton, Charles Edward (designer)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Manchester (made)


1887 (made)


Lamb, James, born 1816 - died 1903 (maker)
Horton, Charles Edward (designer)

Marks and inscriptions

H 1274
Stamped into underside of top


Height: 65 cm, Diameter: 50 cm of top

Object history note

This is one of several examples of this design (one other in Manchester City Art Gallery and one with the Fine Art Society, August 2008, which may be the example with a foliate design inlaid into the top and the firm's label, sold Phillips London 25/9/2001, lot 5).
The first example of this table, originally described as a tea table, was designed by Charles Edward Horton, a Manchester architect, for James Lamb's stand of a drawing room at the Manchester Jubilee Exhibition in 1887.

Historical context note

The firm of James Lamb exhibited a drawing room at the Manchester Jubilee Exhibition of 1887 which included a tea table of the same design as W.9-1986. The exhibit was praised and illustrated in The Art Journal, 1887, p. 381, 'Furniture in The Manchester Exhibition', 'The tea-table, by Mr. James Lamb, does not of course adequately illustrate the capabilities of a firm which has long held a distinguished position in the north of England. The carved wood panels which were reproduced in our Jubilee Number gave, however, a fair idea of their most ambitious and distinguished work, and the tea-table is worth reproducing for its successful solution of a familiar problem, and its combination of lightness with strength.'

Labels and date

Probably designed by Mr Harton
Made by James Lamb of Manchester
A table of this design was shown at the Manchester Jubilee Exhibition of 1887 by Lamb in a room conceived by Mr Harton (one of his designers) and largely furnished with his company's furntiure. It is a very early stylish commercial version of that singular English variant of Art Nouveau pioneered by A.H. Mackmurdo and his Century Guild - several of whose pieces are also on display in this Gallery. The Guild showed several pieces in the Manchester Exhibition and it is also possible that they designed this piece for Lamb. [1993]


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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