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Table: M.10-1977

Object information


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Folding card table of walnut with splayed legs and quatrefoil stretcher, carved, gilt, and inlaid in the Gothic style. Top of figured walnut with marquetry borders which turns and opens to reveal a red baize surface bordered by tooled leather.


History note: Nigel B. Mendes da Costa, Peaslake, Surrey, from whom purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam.

Measurements and weight

Height: 74.5 cm
Length: 91 cm
Width: 46 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Circa 1865 - Circa 1870


Perhaps by J. B. Crace

The form of this card table was influenced by the furniture designs of the Gothic Revival architect A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852). A fervent Catholic, Pugin believed that the Age of Faith could be revived by a return to the Gothic style of the fourteenth century. He designed furniture, metalwork, stained glass, tiles, textiles and wallpapers with archaeological accuracy, insisting on the honest use of materials and undisguised construction. From 1844, Pugin designed the interiors for the new Houses of Parliament. These were executed by the firm of Crace & Son, for whom Pugin also designed ‘a sensible style of furniture of good oak.’ Some of the more ornate pieces used veneer, however, of which Pugin disapproved as being contrary to ‘true principles.’ A more elaborately decorated table of the same type as this one, made in 1867, is in The Higgins Bedford.

School or Style

Gothic Revival

Materials used in production

Gilt Walnut Leather

Techniques used in production

Inlay Marquetry Gilding Carving

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10-1977
Primary reference Number: 95797
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 June 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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