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Card table, one of a pair including XF220 and XF221, English, unknown maker, c.1775, satinwood veneer with rosewood, box and ebony; original green baize.©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Card table, English, unknown maker, c.1775

Satinwood veneer with rosewood, box and ebony; original green baize

Height: 73.5cm
Width: 89cm
Depth: 44cm

Museum number: XF221

Curatorial note

One of a pair with XF220. The tops with cross-banded borders of rosewood between box and ebony stringing; each table with four square-cut tapering legs; each face of each leg with a sunk panel with elegant rounded top; carved oval paterae in the frieze above the legs; tops open on double gate legs to form circular card table, covered in baize within a cross-banded rosewood border.

They are probably those shown in the first floor front ‘Withdrawing Room’ at No 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, between the front windows, on the 1792 plan (32/2A/5). In 1825 they were in the North Drawing Room, beneath tall pier glasses between the windows as shown in a watercolour by J. M. Gandy (Vol. 82, 28). In c.1826 they were displaced by the installation of the two ‘cabinets’ or ‘moveable planes’ on the north wall of the back drawing room and it was presumably at that time that they were moved to the South Drawing Room.


Peter Thornton, Soane and Furniture, 1985, pp. 3-4

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