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Rectangular marble table top inlaid with marble specimens, 18th century

Height: 4.8cm
Width: 111cm
Depth: 64 cm

Museum number: M301.A

Curatorial note

English or Italian, unknown maker, eighteenth century, marble, with boldly moulded edges containing a grid of 120 square marble samples. This table top appears to be shown on the table M303 in Soane’s 1835 Description, plate XIX. Soane records 'The Table in the middle of the room, containing various specimens of Marble and Granite, was presented to me by a much-esteemed friend’. It is also described in the 1837 inventory (the table is described as ‘inlaid with various specimens of marble’. There is no record of its acquisition and it is therefore not known whether it was acquired with a particular table or bought separately. It has for many years been displayed on one of a pair of Kentian side tables, (H22), but is several inches larger than its supporting frame and clearly does not belong to it. It is moulded on all four sides, suggesting it comes from a centre table.

Literature

J. Soane Description of the Residence of John Soane, Architect, London,1835, p. 31
P. Thornton ‘Soane’s Kent Tables’ Furniture History XXIX 1993, pp. 59-63


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