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The Cleveland House Table: M.3-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)


The Cleveland House Table


Tatham, Charles Heathcote (Designer)




Pine, painted and oil-gilded (possibly original) dolphin monopodium, iron bracket, Egyptian porphyry slab

Console table with pine monpodium, carved in the form of three dolphins with curling tails, painted and oil-gilded (which may possibly be original to the object), topped with a rectangular slap of Egyptian porphyry.


History note: The table comes from the collection of Michael Jaffé, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1973-1990, and has been on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum since the 1970s. Professor Jaffé apparently bought it in September 1954 from Moss Harris, antiques dealers of 40-54 New Oxford Street. They probably bought it shortly after the 5th Earl of Ellesmere sold the bomb-damaged Bridgewater House, in 1948.

Legal notes

Purchased with funds from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Rylands Fund and Mr James Hill

Measurements and weight

Depth: 60 cm
Height: 83.6 cm
Width: 115.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2019-04-29) by The family of Professor Michael Jaffé


Production date: circa AD 1803


The table is interesting as a documented piece of architect-designed furniture, seemingly in a deliberately revivalist style. C.H. Tatham supplied 10 tables of this form, of various sizes, for the 'New Gallery', which are now distributed in collections all over the world. Two larger tables with granite tops remain in the collection of the present Duke of Sutherland at Mertoun, Berwickshire (Borders), two porphyry topped tables in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, another (completely regilded) pair with Ronald Phillips Ltd, and a single table topped with African breccia marble belongs to the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Another pair, bearing slabs of yellowish marble, is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston as part of the Rienzi Collection. This is the only console table from this set in a public collection in Britain.

This table is one of a set of console tables designed by Tatham for the 'New Gallery' at Cleveland House (later Bridgewater House), London in c. 1803, for George Granville Leveson-Gower, Earl Gower, later 2nd Marquess of Stafford and 1st Duke of Sutherland (1758–1833). This ‘New Gallery’ was part of a series of improvements made to Cleveland House in order to allow the Marquess of Stafford to display the large and important collection of Old Master pictures that he had acquired from the collection of the duc d’ Orléans, in 1798. The New Gallery was opened to the public in May 1806.

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Components of the work

Table Top composed of porphyry
Monpodium composed of pine

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-2019
Primary reference Number: 238731
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Created: Tuesday 22 October 2019 Updated: Wednesday 27 September 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 27 September 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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