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William Kent


A leading exponent of the Palladian revival, an architect of buildings and landscapes, as well as furniture designer, he was sponsored by the Earl of Burlington. In the great Palladian houses of the period, of which Raynham, Holkham and Houghton are celebrated examples, Kent made free use of the rich and ornate baroque style which he had studied during his travels in Italy.
The design of this table relates to several examples inspired by William Kent. In particular a well documented table from Houghton Hall, Norfolk supplied to Robert Walpole.