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Table, XF89, unknown maker, possibly John Robins (1776-1828), c.1819-20, mahogany with brass castors.©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly

Table, unknown maker, possibly John Robins (1776-1828), c.1819-20

Mahogany with brass castors

Height: 73cm
Width (overall): 122cm
Width (central section): 45.5cm
Width (leaf, left-hand): 22.7cm
Width (leaf, right-hand): 53cm
Depth: 57cm

Museum number: XF89

Curatorial note

With two leaves and four fluted legs on castors; shaped apron between two front legs; right-hand leaf supported on a gate leg and wider than the left-hand leaf which is supported on two shaped brackets; single veneered drawer with replacement wooden knob, original lock plate and missing key escutcheon; four tapering reeded legs and two columnar legs (on the leaf).

Peter Thornton considered that the period views of the No 13 Breakfast Room showed an unusual kind of chair in the kneehole of the desk (Vol 82, 26 and Vol. 85A). In fact, what is shown is one of Soane’s trade-mark pull-out tables, what appears to be the back of a chair being a lift-up flap. It is now identified as this piece. It is the item which appears in the 1837 AB inventory of Furniture and Fittings immediately following the small drawers and writing box which sat on the built-in desk XF356, and is described as ‘a mahogany table with reeded legs and castors with two flaps and a drawer’. It was very similar to the one which fitted into the recess in the centre of the north wall of the Picture Room but that one is described as having ‘turned legs’ and no drawer is mentioned; this table therefore fits the description of the one in the Breakfast Room more closely. The legs are similar to those on other tables thought to have been designed by John Robins (see XF175, XFD181 and M310. It is a rather more elaborate version of the pull-out table in the Study, made slightly earlier (see XF181).

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk