Giltwood, marble, painted deal
height 805mm, width 955mm, depth 568mm
Place of origin
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Dyrham, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
A giltwood and marble console table, English, circa 1740 The breccia marble top above an egg and dart carved edge and raised on an eagle support with wings open and standing on a later plinth base painted and gilded with flower head carved edge, alterations to the plinth.
See: Bowett, Adam 'Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740' ACC 2009 pgs.228-231 'Tables with bases carved as eagles, sphinxes and dolphins were one of the most popular manifestations of neo-Palladian taste, perhaps because of their compact form...All three designs are popularly associated with William Kent but it is difficult to document his responsibility. Of the three types the eagles are the most common.' The design a was almost certainly taken form Italian sources and adopted by several furniture makers, the earliest bill known is from John Phillips for a pair of eagle tables supplied to Badminton House in 1735. Thomas Moore supplied a single table to Dudley Rider in May 1734 also William Bradshaw. Trade cards of the 1730's and 40's advertising eagle tables include those of William Tomkins in London and Francis Brodie in Edinburgh.
Indigenous collection purchased by Ministry of Works and given to Dyrham Park in 1961.
Bowett 2009, Early Georgian Furniture 1715 - 1740 (2009), pgs. 228-231