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This artwork, The Buckingham Palace Garden Pavilion Center Table: An Imposing Giltwood Monopodiae Center Table attributed to George Morant and Sons, is currently for sale at Carlton Hobbs LLC.
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, The Buckingham Palace Garden Pavilion Center Table:  An Imposing Giltwood Monopodiae Center Table attributed to George Morant and Sons
 
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TITLE:  The Buckingham Palace Garden Pavilion Center Table: An Imposing Giltwood Monopodiae Center Table attributed to George Morant and Sons
WORK DATE:  circa 1840
PERIOD:  19th century
CATEGORY:  Furniture
MATERIALS:  Of giltwood. The circular restored figured mahogany top with gilt molded edge and shaped undermolding raised on three winged female monopodiae with acanthine molding, set on a shaped triform base with stylized foliate molded edge above a plain plinth. Possibly originally with marble top.
MARKINGS:  Stamped VR (Victoria Regina) under the top frame.
SIZE:  Height: 29" (74 cm); Diameter: 47 1/2" (120.5 cm).
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Carlton Hobbs LLC  +1-212-423-9000  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  This table formerly stood in the Octagon of the Garden Pavilion, built in 1843-5, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and seems certain to be the work of the celebrated firm of royal decorators George Morant and Sons.

The Garden Pavilion of Buckingham Palace, sadly destroyed in 1928, was designed as a showcase for the achievements of the leading designers and decorators of the day and was in particular intended to promote the great Victorian revival of fresco painting. The project was undertaken with the support of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who was closely involved in the enterprise with the assistance of Ludwig Grüner, his advisor in artistic matters. It is through Grüner's 1846 publication of The Decorations of the Garden Pavilion in the grounds of Buckingham Palace that the appearance, plan and decoration of the Garden Pavilion are known to us.

The center table is an unusually pure exercise in neoclassicism for an item made during the reign of Queen Victoria. However, its époque is visible in the somewhat smiling and romanticized expressions of the three female faces. Furthermore, the egg and tongue motif to the rim of the top has been interestingly stylized to render the tongues rather square and angular.

PROVENANCE:  The Octagon, the Garden Pavilion, Buckingham Palace, London.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Carlton Hobbs LLC Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  Grüner, Ludwig. The Decoration of the Garden Pavilion in the Grounds of Buckingham Palace. London, 1846.
 
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