A fine early Victorian walnut, ebony, sycamore, purpleheart, ivory and harewood marquetry centre table attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock
Lot 195Y
A fine early Victorian walnut, ebony, sycamore, purpleheart, ivory and harewood marquetry centre table attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock
Sold for £12,000 (US$ 19,234) inc. premium

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A fine early Victorian walnut, ebony, sycamore, purpleheart, ivory and harewood marquetry centre table attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock A fine early Victorian walnut, ebony, sycamore, purpleheart, ivory and harewood marquetry centre table attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock
A fine early Victorian walnut, ebony, sycamore, purpleheart, ivory and harewood marquetry centre table
attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock
The circular moulded edge tilt top centred by a panel of foliate scroll work, flora and strap work heightened with an ivory inlaid cocktail, putto, eagle, hound and monkey in uniform holding a horn, with an outer-border of shells, running scroll-work, foliage and flora, the shaped triform base inlaid with floral riband tied bouquets, the downswept legs with further foliage and strap work, with concealed castors, 106cm in diameter, 73cm high (41.5" in diameter, 28.5" high).

Footnotes

  • The design of this form of table is based on a design for a Marqueterie Centre Table, published by Richard Bridgens in his 1838 publication Furniture with Candelabra and Interior Decoration designed by R.Bridgens. Traditionally these distinctive marquetry tables are linked to Edward Holmes Baldock as several known examples bear his EHB cypher including one produced for the Dukes of Buccleuch in 1840, now in the collection at Temple Newsam, see C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall, Vol II, London, 1978, no.395. Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845) is listed in London Trade Directories of the period in various capacities. He first appears listed at 7 Hanway Street, London in 1805 described as a '...dealer in china and glass' and by 1821 as '...an antique furniture and ornamental furniture dealer'. By 1826 the various facets of the business included '...buying and selling, exchanging and valuing china, cabinets, screens, bronzes etc' Baldock's business seems to have largely involved trading in foreign items and from 1832-1837 he was the purveyor of earthenware and glass to William IV and later purveyor of china to Queen Victoria from 1838 until his death. He is known to have repaired, re-modelled and adapted furniture, often 18th century pieces, but he also designed furniture both in the 18th century style and in more contemporary styles. The pieces that appear with the E.H.B cypher may have been made by him at his Hanway Street workshop but there is no documentary proof as to whether he both designed and manufactured them. Rather than being a straightforward manufacturer Baldock's activities link him more closely with the 18th century marchands-merciers such as Daguerre and Poirier.


    It is likely that there is a strong connection between the manufacture of these tables and the Blake family of inlayers. The fashion for this type of inlay was popularised by the Tottenham Court Road inlayer and buhl manufacturer Robert Blake in the 1820s. By the 1840s the firm were trading as Blake, Geo. & Brothers, inlayers, etc' in Tottenam Court Road and Mount Street, Mayfair and were renamed George Blake & Co. sometime in the late 1840's, see C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p.18; and M.P. Levy, Furniture History Society Newsletter, no. 158, May 2005).,Martin Levy goes on to explore the connection between Baldock and the Blake family in E.H.Baldock and the Blake Family: Further Evidence' in Furniture History Society Newsletter No. 158, May 2005, p.1).

    A table related to the example offered here and attributed to George Blake was sold Christie's, London, Important English Furniture, 23 Nov 2006, lot 123; this table is thought to have been supplied to Queen Victoria's Board of Works for Claremont, Surrey, the home of King Louis-Phillipe and Queen Marie-Amelie. Another related table was sold Christie's, London, 7 June 2007, lot 157 and an example with strapwork marquetry at Bonhams, London, 3 July 2007, lot 157.
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