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Not currently on display at the V&A
On display at Kenwood House (Iveagh Bequest), London

Reading Stand

1765-1775 (made)
Place Of Origin

On loan to Kenwood House.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
carved mahogany
Brief Description
Reading stand of mahogany, made by William France for the library at Kenwood House. English, 1765-75.
Physical Description
Reading table of carved mahogany, with a square top resting on a tripod stand terminating in scroll feet. The top is hinged in the middle and can be raised to form a slope. In the square framework below the top are four drawers, two if which have compartments for pen and ink. The column supporting the top has four pierced scroll brackets.

  • Height: 76.2cm
  • Length: 66cm
  • Width: 65.4cm
On loan to Kenwood House.
Bibliographic References
  • This object is referenced under 'English Eighteenth Century Furniture' in Country Life, June 11th 1938
  • Laura Houliston, 'New Light on the Display of Furniture at Kenwood', in Furniture History, vol. L, pp. 277-96, illustrated on p. 289.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Fifty Masterpiece of Woodwork. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1955, no.44
  • Ralph Edwards and Margaret Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-Makers (London: Country Life Ltd, 1944), p.58 and plate 140.
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record createdJune 24, 2009
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