A fine gothic revival oak dining room suite, including a sideboard, extending dining table & serving
Lot 193
An extensive mid Victorian oak, ebony and marquetry Dining Suite
Sold for £4,320 (US$ 6,711) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine gothic revival oak dining room suite, including a sideboard, extending dining table & serving A fine gothic revival oak dining room suite, including a sideboard, extending dining table & serving
An extensive mid Victorian oak, ebony and marquetry Dining Suite
by Marsh and Jones of Leeds,
comprising a sideboard, extending dining table, serving table and a leaf cabinet, the pedestal sideboard with a rectangular moulded edge top (now lacking a superstructure) above three frieze drawers flanked by chamfered blocks and a pair of small cupboard doors and pierced spandrels, flanked by panel doors each with geometric stylised marquetry, on plinth bases; the extending dining table with a rectangular top with canted angles, with two large additional leaves and a smaller leaf, on a central square section chamfered pedestal inlaid with a stylised marquetry rosette, the end supports of turned columnar form with ebonised dot and band decoration, on chamfered block bases and concealed castors; the leaf cabinet with an overhanging rectangular top with a narrow hinged compartment to the front above a pair of slatted panels flanked by quatrefoil pierced end supports, with a cupboard door to one end enclosing a baize lined interior and supports for the leaves, on a shaped plinth base; the serving table with a rectangular top and canted angles above a pair of moulded frieze drawers, on shaped end supports joined by a moulded stretcher, on outswept legs headed by foliate carved spandrels; the dining table bearing a label to the underside of the centre section for Marsh and Jones (late Kendall and Co.) No 15443, the workman's name signed indistinctly, the dining table 323cm long, 149cm deep, 76cm high.

Footnotes

  • A closely related sideboard of identical form and with the same marquetry panels to the larger cupboard doors was sold by Phillips Leeds, 15 June 1999, lot 185.

    The firm of Marsh and Jones was founded in 1864 when John Marsh and Edward Jones acquired the upholstery and cabinet making business of John Kendall and Co., 10 West Bar, Leeds. Kendall and Co. was a well established business and had exhibited furniture at major exhibitions from 1850 onwards. In the early 1860s they had collaborated on work with the London firm of C.Seddon and Co. whose leading designer was John Pollard Seddon (1827-1906), the great great grandson of the firm's founder, George Seddon. A sideboard designed by J.P Seddon and illustrated in J.Cooper,Victorian and Edwardian Interiors, London 1987, pl. 191, was made by the two firms in partnership and bears certain similarities to the above lot.

    The design of the 'Geometric Gothic' furniture manufacture by Marsh and Jones is usually ascribed to Charles Bevan on the basis of the renowned bedroom suite (now at Lotherton Hall) supplied by the firm to Titus Salt Jnr. in 1865. The Building News of 1 March 1867 illustrated Bevan's design for a concert grand piano and describes 'the whole of Mr Titus Salt's furniture' as being designed by Bevan. Research has supported the fact that it may be that the characteristic features of the furniture traditionally attributed to Bevan are in fact features more specific to the firm and it has been suggested that Bevan may have trained under John Seddon and C.Seddon and Co.

    The drawings presented to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Seddon's daughter in 1896 include a similar sideboard to that offered here with virtually identical diagonal inlaid cupboard doors (Design 1796-1896). It seems likely that Marsh and Jones may have continued the link with Seddon and Co, and were possibly utilising the designs of John Seddon. Later the designer Bruce Talbert who was trained under John Seddon certainly went on to work independently as a designer for Marsh and Jones.
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