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Table

English (London)
about 1875
Design attributed to Edward William Godwin (English, 1833–1886), Made by Collinson & Lock (English (London), active 1870–1897)


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

74 x 102.2 cm (29 1/8 x 40 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1986.343

Medium or Technique

Rosewood; brass

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture

Rosewood with brass castors. Octagonal rosewood center table with molded edge, raised on eight turned and shaped tapering legs. Eight arched stretchers forming ‘spokes’ joined to a pendant. The legs terminate with brass caps and castors.


Called by Irish writer Oscar Wilde “the greatest aesthete of them all,” Godwin was a pioneer of the Anglo-Japanese style although his furniture bears little resemblance to that made in Japan. The elegant, slender legs of this table emphasize the structural nature of its design and express Godwin’s belief in the beauty of simplicity and the balance of solid and void.

Inscription

Stamped - COLLINSON & LOCK LONDON/6543
Stamped with government inventory mark - ER/VII (twice)
Applied label - 44

Provenance

By 1986, H. Blairman & Sons, London [see note 1]; 1986, sold by H. Blairman & Sons to the MFA. (Accession date: September 17, 1986)

NOTES:
[1] H. Blairman & Sons research indicates that the stamp "ERVII" found on the underside of the table signifies that it was inventoried in a public building, in the "early years of this century." See H. Blairman & Sons letter to the MFA in curatorial file.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Frederick Heidelberger in loving memory of her son Herbert Heidelberger and her sister Jennie Goldstein