The present table is representative of the furniture made by a group of leading designers in the so-called geometric Gothic style during the 1860s and 1870s. These designers include John Pollard Seddon, Bruce Talbert and Charles Bevan, who employed a repertoire of ornaments, some of which are incorporated on the offered lot. A comparable table, by Gillows of Lancaster after a design by A.W.N. Pugin, sold at Christie's, London, March 9, 2000, lot 95, shares certain features such as the rosette carved end support plinths and projecting tenon joints. It is interesting to speculate whether the more advanced form of the table here may be linked to the designs of the younger E.W. Pugin, who took over his father's architectural practice following his death in 1852 and whose notable commissions include Scarisbrick Hall, Lancashire and the Granville Hotel, Ramsgate.
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