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Gate-leg table, XF268, early nineteenth century, by ?John Robins (1776-1828), mahogany with ebony stringing, brass knobs and castors. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.
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Gate-leg table, early nineteenth century, by ?John Robins (1776-1828), mahogany with ebony stringing, brass knobs and castors

Height: 75cm
Width: 69cm
Depth: 51cm

Museum number: XF268

Curatorial note

With one large and one small drawer at each end; all the drawer fronts bordered with ebony stringing; the larger drawers each have a pair of decorative brass knobs, a central oval brass key escutcheon and an unmarked brass lock; the smaller drawers each have a single brass knob of the same design; one small drawer has shaped sides and a single cross-division to form two compartments, the small one at the front with a hole in the bottom for an ink well; carved into the underside of this drawer along one side is E. LANE and along the other H. ADAMITE; the other small drawer does not have shaped sides or internal compartments and has carved into the underside HILL / 1841; the single hinged flap is supported on the gate leg when the table is opened; the table top and flap are veneered in mahogany, the flap veneered both sides, all bordered; the border veneers have chamfered corners; the central veneers to the two inner surfaces have been carefully matched so that when the table is open there is a more or less continuously figured surface of bright mahogany; on the over leaf are 4 tiny brass-lined holes two each side and two at the ends, which must be for some kind of fitting to the table top, perhaps connected with architectural draughtsmanship; the table is supported on six tapering turned legs of which five are fixed and one is a gate-leg, all on castors.

This table matches the description in the Furniture and Fittings inventory of a ‘Mahogany Writing Table with fall down flap and 4 drawers’. Its turned legs are a variant of those found on many of the small tables which John Robins seems to have made for Soane, probably to his own designs (see also XF175, XF181 and XF123).


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