The Star of Brunswick Table

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Acquired in 1952 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Eyles, Henry
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
FWK
credit
Given by Charles H. Eyles
date_end
1851-12-31
date_start
1851-01-01
date_text
1851 (made)
descriptive_line
The Star of Brunswick table
dimensions
Height: 82 cm, Diameter: 163 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
British Galleries, room 122f
historical_context_note
Henry Eyles, listed as a cabinet maker and upholsterer at 31 Broad Street in the Bath Annual Directory (1852), may have part of a family involved in furniture making in the city. Also listed as a cabinet maker and upholsterer in 1852 was Thomas Eyles, 28 Brock Street, who may have been one of those included in the Bath Directory (1846). This lists Thomas Eyles, cabinet maker, 25, James Street; Thomas Eyles, chair maker, 2,Trinity Street, Kingsmead Square; Thomas Eyles Junior, chair, sofa, and loo-table manufactory, 13, James Street. The Post Office Directory for Bath, 1864-5, lists Henry Eyles, cabinet maker and upholsterer, 7, Margaret's Buildings, and George Eyles, chair maker and carver, 5, Chandos Buildings.
historical_significance
history_note
This table was exhibited by Henry Eyles in the Great Exhibition of 1851, Class XXVI, Decoration Furniture and Upholstery, including Paper-hangings, Papier Mache, and Japanned Goods, No. 50. Eyles also exhibited the chair, W.31-1953, and armchair, Circ. 35-1958. The design for the table was registered BT43/57 Class 2 73559. The table, the chair and the armchair were lent by the grandchildren of Henry Eyles to the exhibition, The Great Exhibition of 1851, held at the Museum, 3rd May -11th October, 1951. Charles H. Eyles confirmed that he owned the table and would like to give it to the Museum, in a letter of 11th October 1951 to Charles Gibbs-Smith, Keeper of Museum Extension Services, who arranged the 1951 exhibition (Museum Archive, C.H. Eyles MA/1/E985).
id
49346
label
THE STAR OF BRUNSWICK TABLE Walnut with carved decoration, with a white porcelain star, painted and gilt, let in to the centre Made by Henry Eyles of Bath and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Given by C.H. Eyles Esq. [pre October 2000] British Galleries: This tremendous carved table includes both national emblems and naturalistic motifs. The central plaque is inscribed 'Hail Star of Brunswick'. This may refer to the Duchy of Brunswick, one of the German titles, which Queen Victoria could not inherit as a woman. [27/03/2003]
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2014-08-29T22:35:09.000Z
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2014-08-29T22:35:09.000Z
latitude
31.190066
location
British Galleries, room 122f, case 3
longitude
-85.290379
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Carved walnut, with pollard oak inlay and porcelain plaque
museum_number
W.40-1952
museum_number_token
w401952
object_number
O55184
object_type
Table
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1
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original_price
physical_description
place
Bath
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2006AM5913
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public_access_description
Object Type This table is rather elaborate in design and decoration, but is of conventional form, with a central pedestal and shaped base. The design was developed from Regency centre tables, which also incorporated dolphins into their supports and bases. People Henry Eyles, who designed and made this table, was an upholsterer in Bath with premises in 31 Broad Street, in 1851 and subsequently at 7 Margaret's Buildings. He may have been connected with T.G. Eyles, a cabinetmaker, at 13 James Street, and George Eyles, a carver, of 4 Chandos Buildings. Both were listed in Bath street directories in 1860. Historical Associations This table was exhibited by Henry Eyles in Class XXVI (Furniture) in the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was clearly designed to attract a great deal of attention and to demonstrate the creative imagination and practical skills of the designer and maker. The technical ingenuity and combination of materials are typical of much of the furniture shown in the Exhibition.
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3
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VA
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the-star-of-brunswick-table-table-eyles-henry
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2014-08-04T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
The Star of Brunswick Table
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1851
year_start
1851