James Plucknett and Co.
1876 - 1901
Oak, slate, metal, textile and ebony
876 x 2048 mm; 3870 mm (L)Order this image
Tyntesfield, North Somerset
This grand billiard table was made by James Plucknett and Co. for Antony Gibbs. The table is heated from below by hot-water pipes; this ensures that the cushions and baize are free from damp. The scoring was controlled by electrically activated buttons around the cushion that linked to the scoreboard on the wall. The whole table is encased in oak, incorporating twelve panels with traditional British sports and pastimes. The billiard table was originally situated in Charlton, Antony's personal residence. After inheriting Tyntesfield, Antony moved the table into the Billiard Room that was built by his father William in 1865.
A Late Victorian oak and ebonised full-size billiards table, on eight ebonised quadruple cluster-column supports. Fitted with heating system, score buttons, and panelled sides carved with hunting scenes.
Purchased from the estate of the late Lord Wraxall with the assistance of the NHMF and donations from members and supporters.
Marks and inscriptions
W. POTTINGER / PATENT No. 6698 / MAY 1887 / BRISTOL (engraved lettering repeated identically on six brass fittings attached to base of table).
Makers and roles
James Plucknett and Co., maker