A Fine Ashford Black Marble Inlaid Pedestal Table
A Fine Ashford Black Marble Inlaid Pedestal Table

A Fine Ashford Black Marble Inlaid Pedestal Table

c. 1880 England

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A Fine Ashford Black Marble Inlaid Pedestal Table.

The octagonal table top is finely inlaid with a floral garland of lilies of the valley, convolvulus, fuchsia and other flowers and foliage. It is raised on a ring turned pillar with reeded vase knop and plinth, and is supported on bun feet.

Ashford Black Marble is not a true marble but a highly polished jet black bituminous limestone mined in Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.

During the nineteenth century inlaid furniture and objects using this stone became very popular and a sizeable industry grew up centred around the towns of Buxton and Ashford. Highly skilled stonemasons created intricate and accomplished designs often using semi-precious stones and imported marbles, drawing their inspiration from Florentine Pietre Dure.

An almost identical table to this example is currently on display in the Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum and Art Gallery and a comparative circular inlaid top is in the collection of Buxton Museum and art gallery.
Height 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
Diameter 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Stock Code
Ashford Marble
Adrian Alan

Adrian Alan
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