Irish Marquetry Centre Table
Irish Marquetry Centre Table
Irish Marquetry Centre Table
Irish Marquetry Centre Table
Irish Marquetry Centre Table

Attributed to ROBERT STRAHAN (worked from 1776)

Irish Marquetry Centre Table

c. 1850 Ireland

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An Irish Centre Table attributed to Robert Strahan of Dublin

Constructed in walnut, amboyna, and utilising specimen woods in the high quality marquetry inlays; rising from an incurved quadripartite base, dressed with chimeric mascarons, the scroll feet carved with foliates, and extensively inlaid with cartouches and strapwork, itself supporting the swept central column; the tilt top octagonal platform, in radially laid amboyna has a central complexly inlaid cartouche, and the outer guard band being conformingly inlaid, with the ebonised rim of double ogee form.
Irish, Circa 1850
Robert Strahan of Dublin

The furniture firm of Robert Strahan and Co was founded in 1776. Operating from premises in 10-11 Chancery Lane, by 1815 it was so successful that two new workshops opened at 24-25 Henry Street and 5 Leinster Street in 1845. They displayed their work at Dublin's great industrial exhibition of 1853, where the best examples of Irish design and manufacture were on show. In 1870 the firm moved to Abbey Street and continued to trade under the well-established family name up until 1969.
Patronized by the Office of Public Works, the firm designed and manufactured high quality pieces such as a walnut table exhibited at the second London International Exhibition of 1862, showed the influence of designers such as Thomas Hope (1769-1831) and Richard Bridgens (1785-1846). Illustrated in the Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue for the London exhibition, the table was heavily decorated with intricate marquetry, scrolling foliage, masks, strap work and cartouches.
A suite of furniture bearing the stamp of Strahan, with a provenance to Doneraile Court, Ireland, with very similar strapwork and marquetry was recently on the art market.
Height 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
Diameter 141.00 cm (55.51 inches)
Stock Code
walnut, amboyna, specimen woods

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