Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Table
  • Table
    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
  • Enlarge image

Table

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)
    Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J. W. Mackail

  • Museum number:

    W.45-1926

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This side table is one of several items of furniture designed by Philip Webb which belonged to the artist Edward Burne-Jones. It is possible that it is the table ordered by Burne-Jones from Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in 1865 for his new home in Kensington Square, for which he paid £6 6s (£6.30p.).

The table’s reasonably simple construction, combined with details such as the column-like legs and the apron and leg-bases, indented like the crenallations of a castle wall, display the subtle medieval references characteristic of Webb’s furniture.

A photograph of the Burne-Jones’ first-floor sitting room at the Grange, Fulham taken in 1898 shows the table pictured alongside a round dining table by Webb, a piano painted by Burne-Jones and some Morris Marshall, Faulkner & Co. round-seated Sussex chairs.

Date

ca. 1865 (made)

Artist/maker

Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Oak

Dimensions

Height: 73.7 cm, Length: 165 cm, Width: 59.8 cm

Object history note

This table is one of the pieces of furniture designed by Philip Webb for Edward and Georgiana Burne-Jones. It may be the table which Burne-Jones ordered from Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. in 1865 for his new home in Kensington Square, London, at a cost of £6 6s. The table is shown in a photograph c. 1898 (National Monuments Record) of the first floor sitting room at The Grange, Fulham, the home of the Burne-Jones family. Margaret Mackail, daughter of Edward and Georgiana Burne-Jones, gave the table to the Museum in 1926.

Historical context note

There are other surviving examples of Webb's long table, with castellated bases to the legs. One version, with four legs, an ebonised finish and gilded details, formely owned by descendants of Vernon Lushington, was sold at Sothebys London, 28th April 1983, lot 117. Lushington was part of the circle of William Morris, D.G. Rossetti and of Edward Burne-Jones, in the 1850s, and a neighbour of Burne-Jones in Kensington Square in the 1860s.

A second, longer table, with eight legs instead of four, was bought in 2007 for Red House, Kent. The table, provenance unknown, had been in Ireland.

Descriptive line

Oak table designed by Philip Webb ca. 1865.

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

Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419
Edward Joy, The Country Life Book of English Furniture. London: Country Life Ltd., 1964, illus. fig. 108

Categories

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.