Robert Blake

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The Blake Family are listed at 8 Stephen Street, off Tottenham Court Road, between 1826 and 1881.

Robert Blake is listed as a 'cabinet inlayer and buhl manufacturer' between 1826 and 1839. From 1842 they are listed in Kelly's as 'Blake, Geo. & Bros...' and from 1847 as 'Blake, Charles, James & Henry....'.

Little is known about the work of the Blake family. The only documented brass-inlaid pieces are a pair of commodes in the Frick Collection, Accession no. 1916.5.02/3. Other recorded Blake furniture include two pieces in wood marquetry. One is a magnificent piano at the Metropolitan Museum, New York by G.H. Blake, the other a circular table at Alnwick Castle, the seat of the Duke of Northumberland. An associated group of eight tables based on a design by Richard Bridgens in Design from Furniture and Candelabra, 1838 were made by E.H. Baldock, with marquetry attributed to Henry Blake.

Makers Bibliography:

Litchfield, Frederick Illustrated History of Furniture, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009

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A Victorian Walnut and Marquetry Centre Table
A Victorian Walnut, Marquetry and Gilt Bronze Mounted Centre Table, in the manner of Robert Blake. The quarter veneered top with a floral swag...
Adrian Alan