Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Table
  • Table
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
  • Enlarge image

Table

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1769 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)
    Haupt, Georg, born 1741 - died 1784 (cabinet-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satinwood, oak and pine, inlaid with ebony and hardstones

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the Brigadier Clark Fund through Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    W.38:1 to 3-1977

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118, The Wolfson Gallery, case WEST PLINTH []

Object Type
This table, fitted with a single drawer, is a very rare example of furniture designed by the architect Sir William Chambers (1723-1796) for his own use. It is clearly an architect-designed piece, with unusually attenuated legs and fine proportions. It was probably made purely for decoration rather than for use.

People
Chambers once described himself as 'a very pretty connoisseur in furniture'. His table was made by the Swedish cabinet-maker Georg Haupt (1741-1784) when he was in London. After spending five years in Paris and London, Haupt returned to Stockholm in 1769 to become cabinet-maker to the Swedish royal family.

Materials & Making
The table is made of oak, veneered with satinwood, ebony and other woods, with specimen marbles set in the top.

Time
The use of marble specimens set in tables was considered very fashionable during the 1760s and 1770s, and interest in Classical archaeology was widespread. An important contribution was Chambers's own Treatise on Civil Architecture, published in 1759, which helped establish him as one of the leading Neo-classical architects of his day. Chambers had studied extensively in Paris between 1749 and 1750, and in Rome between 1750 and 1755. The shape of the legs was probably inspired by Greek urns.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1769 (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)
Haupt, Georg, born 1741 - died 1784 (cabinet-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Satinwood, oak and pine, inlaid with ebony and hardstones

Dimensions

Height: 75 cm, Width: 42.8 cm, Depth: 42.8 cm

Object history note

Designed by Sir William Chambers (born in Göteborg, Sweden, 1723, died in London, 1796); made in London by Georg Haupt (born in Stockholm, 1741, died there in 1784)

Historical significance: The fact of this table's manufacture are recoreded in an insccription. The collaboration between Chambers, architect to George III, and Haupt, a Swedish cabinet maker trained in Paris, makes this a crucial example of advanced Neo-classical taste.

Descriptive line

Table, satinwood, inlaid with ebony, the top inlaid with specimen marbles. English, 1769. Designed by William Chambers and made by Georg Haupt.

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

Thornton, Peter. ‘A Very Special Year: The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Furniture Acquisitions in 1977’. Connoisseur, vol 198, no 196, June 1978.
Lucy Wood, 'George Haupt and his Compatriots in London', in Furniture History, vol. L. pp. 238-75, illustrated as fig. 3
Catalogue entry in NACF Annual Review 1977.

Labels and date

Satinwood, inlaid with ebony, the top decorated with 'Antique' marble plaques.
Designed by the architect William Chambers (1726-96) for his own use, and made by the Swedish cabinet maker George Haupt (1741-84) when he was in London. [Unknown]
Mahogany with ebony inlay. Inset with "antique" marble plaques.
Designed by the architect William Chambers for his own use, and made by the Swedish cabinet-maker George Haupt, when he was in London in 1769. [Unknown]
Satinwood, inlaid with ebony, the top inlaid with specimen marbles; inscription underneath giving name of designer and maker with date.
This is one of the few pieces of furniture known to have been designed by Chambers, who was architect to King George III.
[Sarah Medlam and Kate Hay] [1996]
TABLE
ENGLISH
Mahogany with ebony inlay. Inset with 'antique' marble plaques.

Designed by the architect William Chambers for his own use, and made by the Swedish cabinet-maker George Haupt, when he was in London in 1769.

Purchased by the Brigadier Clark Fund through the National Art-Collections Fund. [pre October 2000]
British Galleries:
This small Neo-classical table was designed by the architect Sir William Chambers for his own use. Its form is based on small French tables, but its legs are derived from ancient Greek furniture. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

dated 1769

Materials

Satinwood; Ebony

Techniques

Inlay (process)

Categories

British Galleries; Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.