An Exhibition Quality Marquetry Centre Table
An Exhibition Quality Marquetry Centre Table
An Exhibition Quality Marquetry Centre Table
An Exhibition Quality Marquetry Centre Table

Attributed to EDWARD HOLMES BALDOCK (1777-1845)

An Exhibition Quality Marquetry Centre Table

c. 1840 England

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An Exhibition Quality Centre Table Firmly Attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock

Constructed primarily in Amboyna with Ebony, and having many other specimen and stained woods, bone and pearl shell used in the marquetry work, and the extensive use of finely cast and planished gilt bronze mounts. The table rises from tripartite feet of inwardly scrolling form, fitted with concealed brass castors and substantial foliate bronze mounts, flowing into a tapering, and concave triangulated central column, inlaid with flower filled cartouches, framed within conforming bronze foliate mounts terminating in a block fitted with bolts and a tilt-top mechanism. The top is of circular form, with a guard rim of foliate cast bronze, and the shell inlaid serpentine frieze is adorned with bronze accents, also scallop shell based; the inner running circular reserve is in Ebony, inlaid with a design of continuous complex marquetry foliate work interspersed with leopards, putti and snakes in hatched bone inlay. The wonderful centre bouquet presents a rich variegated bouquet in marquetry, counterpointed with butterflies, caterpillars and a snail in bone and nacre.
Circa 1840
Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845)

Established in 1805 in Hanway Street, Tottenham Court Road, describing his business in the Post Office directories as 'buying, selling, and manufacturing furniture, and supplying bronzes, porcelain and haberdashery, and chinaman to Her Majesty', he included amongst his clients several members of the Royal Family, and a documented sale in 1840 to the Duke of Buccleuch includes a library centre table of very similar form to ours. This form of table, was inspired by a design published in 1838 by Richard Bridgens, in 'Furniture with Candelabra' of a 'Marquetrie Centre Table'.

Very similar tables are to be seen in Charlecote Park, Carlton Towers, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Chicago Museum of Art, United States.
Height 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Diameter 135.00 (53.15 inches)
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Amboyna, ebony, bone, pearl, gilt bronze, brass

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