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Table

ca. 1867 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Trollope & Sons, who made this table, were one of the largest and best-known makers of furniture in London during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901). The form is based on a sofa-table of the Regency period (about 1810–30), but the lavish and intricate decoration in carving and marquetry (inlaid work) is typical of the 1860s. Every detail is crisply finished, and the contrast between different woods is extremely smart. The decoration reflects two historical styles. The overall design of the ornament is in Renaissance Revival style. Some of the details, however, such as the small, square panels of quatrefoil at either end of the frieze, would not have been out of place on a Gothic Revival piece.

Commercial cabinetmakers such as Trollope adapted designs for the many different revival styles that were in fashion at the time. They were quick to spot possibilities. The firm must have been proud of this model of table, because they showed a very similar example at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Table
  • Drawer
  • Drawer
Materials and Techniques
Mahogany, veneered with walnut and other woods, with decoration of carving and marquetry
Brief Description
Table of mahogany veneered with walnut and other woods and with carved decoration; mounts of gilt-brass
Physical Description
The table is raised on two trestle supports, joined by a turned stretcher. The frieze is set with two drawers The top is rectangular in form, with rounded apsidal sections at each end. The table is of mahogany, veneered in walnut and other woods, with decoration of carving and marquetry. The table is set with gilt-brass mounts
Dimensions
  • Height: 73.7cm
  • Length: 129.5cm
  • Width: 66cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
G.TROLLO... 1+9 [numbers inscribed in ink] (Label; English; Capitals and cursive; printed; ink)
Gallery Label
TABLE ENGLISH: 1867-1870 Designer unknown Mady by George Trollope, London Bears part of a printed label, G.TROLLO Marquetry of various woods, gilt metal mounts From the Handley-Read collection An almost identical table was shown by Trollope at the Paris 1867 Exhibition.(pre July 2001)
Summary
Trollope & Sons, who made this table, were one of the largest and best-known makers of furniture in London during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901). The form is based on a sofa-table of the Regency period (about 1810–30), but the lavish and intricate decoration in carving and marquetry (inlaid work) is typical of the 1860s. Every detail is crisply finished, and the contrast between different woods is extremely smart. The decoration reflects two historical styles. The overall design of the ornament is in Renaissance Revival style. Some of the details, however, such as the small, square panels of quatrefoil at either end of the frieze, would not have been out of place on a Gothic Revival piece.



Commercial cabinetmakers such as Trollope adapted designs for the many different revival styles that were in fashion at the time. They were quick to spot possibilities. The firm must have been proud of this model of table, because they showed a very similar example at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867.
Bibliographic Reference
'Trollope and Sons - Makers and Exhibitors of Fine Furniture' by Jonathan Meyer, The Decorative Arts Society Journal, no. 25, 2001: Decorative Art: Exhibitions and Celebrations pp.87-96
Collection
Accession Number
W.30:1 to 3-1972

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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