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An Important Marquetry Inlaid Table Designed by Owen Jones By Jackson & Graham

An Important Marquetry Inlaid Table Designed by Owen Jones By Jackson & Graham

Dimensions: H: 28 in / 71.5 cm  |  Dia: 25 in / 63.5 cm

PRICE: £45,000


An Important Marquetry Inlaid Table
Designed by Owen Jones
By Jackson & Graham

Of most striking form and constructed from satinwood, amaranth, harewood and holly, with intricate inlay on all surfaces, the splayed legs joined together by an undertier, itself issuing S-scroll supports for the top inlaid in a geometric quadrant design.
English, circa 1870

Presumably Alfred Morrison, Carlton House Terrace; […] private collection until 2017

The ornament on the table is consistent with other works designed by Owen Jones for Alfred Morrison's London townhouse, Carlton House Terrace. Although there is no early provenance, the 1874 Catalogue of Works by the Late Owen Jones at the London International Exhibition lists "no. 198 Inlaid Table (Drawing Room)" exhibited by Alfred Morrison, but this is an insufficient description to allow a positive identification.

A number of items of furniture designed by Owen Jones, manufactured by Jackson & Graham and thought to have been supplied to Alfred Morrison is emerging, including two armchairs (Art Institute of Chicago & Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh), a marquetry panel (Minneapolis Institute of Art), and others in private collections.

In 1856, Owen Jones, hailed as the foremost "apostle of colour" in English architecture during that era, published his influential work titled 'The Grammar of Ornament'. This seminal book served as a comprehensive reference for design elements influenced by world cultures and ancient civilizations. Later in his career, Jones embraced the "Mauresque" style, drawing inspiration from the Alhambra Palace in Granada. He undertook interior design projects for private clients, with his most noteworthy achievement being the creation of interiors for Carlton House Terrace. The commission for Morrison at Carlton House Terrace stands out as Jones' most significant and comprehensive endeavour, where every room showcased a harmonious synthesis of ceilings, wall panelling, mantelpieces, carpets, and furniture. The elements in each space were meticulously crafted from matching woods and adhered to a distinct design scheme inspired by the Orient and recent archaeological discoveries in Pompeii.

REF No. 8924

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