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Circular table, English, XF88, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, yew and yew veneer. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Circular table, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Yew and yew veneer

Height: 73cm
Diameter (top): 98cm
Depth (top): 7cm

Museum number: XF288

Curatorial note

The table top constructed of yew in narrow sections; a central baluster shaped leg, with three inset bands of beading, on a triangular platform base with incurved sides on ball feet; the top of the table with tip-up mechanism.

This table has been in the centre of the Monk’s Parlour since about 1825-30 (it is not shown in the Gandy views of 1825, (Vol. 82, 67, Vol. 82, 66 and Vol. 82, 68). It is shown in a view by C J Richardson drawn in preparation for the 1830 Description (Vol 85A), and was probably purchased specially for the room. Yew may perhaps have seemed to Soane an appropriate wood to use in his Monk’s Parlour with its churchyard connotations.

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