Painted wood, paper, specimen marble, mineral, cameo, intaglios, engraving, porphyry, blue john
76 cm (Height); 79 cm (Diameter)
Place of origin
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A La Ronde, Devon (Accredited Museum)
A painted circular drum table, Cornish, signed and dated 1802. This unique table has a top profusely inlaid with seals and cameos, stone and specimen marbles, large and small, both local (Petitor) and Italian, including Porphyry, as well as Blue John, surrounding a rectangular wooden panel concealing a well which contains an engraving of a grave slab with text 'Du fameux tombeau de Madame Langhans'. The sides of the table are boldly painted with initials 'JMP' and inscription 'A La Ronde Exhibition 1802'. The table is signed to the underside in paint '' D.Sprague Exmth 1802 Execud ''.
A cabinet-maker Daniel Sprague is recorded at Lower North Street, Exeter from 1803-1817, so it is highly likely that he had moved the short distance to the city of Exeter from Exmouth on the coast only the year after making this table for Jane Parminter.
Marks and inscriptions
To underside: D.Sprague Exm.th 1802 Execud.
Beard, Geoffrey W. Dictionary of English furniture makers, 1660-1840 1986., page 845