A Remarkable Table by Charles Blake of London
A Remarkable Table by Charles Blake of London
A Remarkable Table by Charles Blake of London
A Remarkable Table by Charles Blake of London
A Remarkable Table by Charles Blake of London

A Remarkable Table by Charles Blake of London

c. 1865 England

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Constructed in the Louis XV taste, employing finely marked amaranth, tulipwood and kingwood, extensively adorned with fine quality bronze mounts and delicate floral marquetry within bold interlaced strapwork inlay work; of bow ended and shaped rectangular form, rising from six swept cabriole legs dressed with foliate espagnolettes, with gilt sabots to the toes, and conjoined by a stylised ‘H’ form stretcher, centred with a gilt bronze waisted and swagged urn. The shaped apron housing mahogany lined drawers in each end, and having a concealed red velvet writing slide to the facia; the platform having extensive marquetry inlays, housed within a running stiff leaf gilt bronze guard trim. The maker’s marque de fer ‘C. Blake’ is to be found on the underframe, and having an old paper inventory label bearing the legend ‘HJHE’ in one drawer (see below).
Circa 1865
Excellent
An uninterrupted family lineage exists on this table, from Sir Henry Hope Edwardes Bt. (1829-1900) of Wootton Hall Derbyshire, by descent to Lt Colonel Herbert James Hope-Edwardes (HJHE, see above) of Netley Hall Shropshire then Lady More (nee Hope-Edwardes, d.1994), thence to Linley Hall Shropshire. The family archives possess an 1868 bill from Blake listing a ‘Small French table of Tulipwood & etc the top richly inlaid in marquetrie,…with drawers in frieze’ costing £44.

An inventory was carried out by a T.Cox at Netley Hall Shropshire in 1917, presumably prior to the Linley Hall move, where the table seems to be situated in the staircase and landing.
The Blake Family of London Cabinetmakers

The Dictionary of English Furniture published by the Furniture History Society, published 1986, lists Robert Blake at 8 Stephen Street, Tottenham Court Road in 1820. By 1843 the premises housed he and his four sons, Charles (b1814), Henry, George and James. By 1860, only Charles was at the address, until his death in 1879. Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845) one of the ‘leading antique and ornamental furniture dealers’ (as stated on his trade card) was in nearby Hanway Street, and is known to have employed the Blakes, as their very distinctive marquetry work was of the of the highest quality and delicacy. A pair of commodes were made by Blake (now in the Frick Collection, having been sold by Lord Duveen of Millbank in 1916) copying the André Charles Boulle originals made for Louis XIV’s Trianon.
Dimensions
Height 68.50 cm (26.97 inches)
Width 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
Depth 54.50 cm (21.46 inches)
Stock Code
8615
Medium
amaranth, tulipwood, kingwood, bronze
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