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Decorative Table

 

Thomas Chippendale
Pier tables, circa 1771
A pair of matching pier tables supplied for Harewood House by Thomas Chippendale as part of the original furnishing scheme of the Music Room. The decorative plasterwork motifs on the walls of this room are emulated in the design of the tables, such as the carved anthemion and acanthus leaf details on the frieze and the swags suspended from the frame.

The table tops are decorated with marquetry – the woodworking technique of applying thin pieces of veneer to furniture to form decorative patterns and pictures. The frames are gilded in a two tone scheme.

The pier tables sit beneath their matching pier glasses, positioned between the windows on the north wall as Chippendale intended.

Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax in 2019 by HM Government from the Trustees of the 7th Earl of Harewood’s Will Trust and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum for display in situ at Harewood House.

Please contact the collections team to arrange an appointment to view this item via rebecca.b@harewood.org

Thomas Chippendale
Pier glasses, circa 1771
A pair of matching pier glasses supplied for Harewood House by Thomas Chippendale as part of the original furnishing scheme of the Music Room.

The decorative plasterwork motifs on the walls of this room are emulated in the design of the frame (as well as their matching pier tables), such as the carved anthemion and scrolling acanthus leaves of the apron and cresting.

The pier glasses sit above their matching pier tables, positioned between the windows on the north wall as Chippendale intended.

Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax in 2019 by HM Government from the Trustees of the 7th Earl of Harewood’s Will Trust and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum for display in situ at Harewood House.

Please contact the collections team to arrange an appointment to view this item via rebecca.b@harewood.org