Japanned Center Table
The rectangular red japanned top above single drawer, the faces of the carcass of
convex form above four scrolled legs connected by an x-frame stretcher
terminating in bun feet.
The table is constructed throughout in pine with oak linings to the drawer, and
directly relates to a very well known “Bantam work” table at Ham House and
commissioned by the Dysart Family, Earl of Lauderdale in 1679.
The present table, as with the Ham House table would have been commissioned as
a suite, with table, mirror and a pair of torchieres. Very few full sets survive and it
is remarkable that this table with delicate japanning has survived in remarkably
original condition. Although the feet have been sympathetically replaced, as is
usual, the japanning remains remarkably untouched and the quality of the work is
truly exceptional rivaling some of the finest Chinese lacquer work of the 17th
The Furniture History Society in 1980 attributed the Ham House table to a possible
Dutch maker, and given the anomalies to the construction it is possible that this
table could also be Dutch or Anglo-Dutch.
English or Anglo-Dutch, c. 1679
38 1/2 ins wide, 24 1/2 ins deep and 31 1/2 ins high