This table was purchased by the collector Edward Knoblock, whose label it bears. When a modern 5 ply strengthener was removed from under the top the label was exposed along with a chalk lot number which correlates with the Deepdene sale catalogue.
Purchased via Blairman’s from the Stirling collection.
This table represents the late Greek revival in both its design and ornamentation. For example, the plinth is decorated with scrolling anthemion’s a motif based on the honeysuckle flower, which imitate the designs used on ancient Etruscan vases. I suggest that all the known tables were used in the four vase rooms with the low chairs where Hope could discuss his Greek vase collection with his friends
Materials & Making
The cabinet-maker is unknown, but the table was probably made in London, judging from the high quality of the workmanship and materials.
Design & Designing
A table like this is illustrated as Plate 39 in Household Furniture and Interior Decoration… executed from designs by Thomas Hope, London, 1807. It is described as ‘Top and elevation of a round monopodium or table in mahogany, inlaid with ebony and silver’. The publication allowed many commercial cabinet makers to make versions of this design.
A very similar table is featured in a watercolour (dated 1818) by Hope and the architect William Atkinson. The watercolour depicts the boudoir in Hope’s house, Deepdene, near Dorking, Surrey. This table was as one time thought to be the V&A piece.