Lot 40
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ATTRIBUTED TO EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN (FOR COLLINSON AND LOCK) | Rare Seven-Legged Centre Table

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15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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Description

  • Rare Seven-Legged Centre Table
  • mahogany
  • 68.3 by 68cm diameter.; 26 7/8 by 26 3/4 in.
  • Executed circa 1872-1875.

Provenance

Andrew McIntosh Patrick

Literature

Art Furniture from Designs by E.W. Godwin, F.S.A., London, 1877, plate 12 for a related eight-legged example
Lionel Lambourne, The Aesthetic Movement, London, 1996, p. 159, illustrated
Susan Weber Soros, The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin, New Haven, 2001, pp.149, 151-152 for related examples, p. 150, cat no. 214, illustrated

Catalogue Note

The present lot is the only known seven-legged version of Godwin’s eight-legged design for William Watt. As Soros notes: ‘Its reeded edge, turned decoration, and slightly splayed legs all point to the work of Godwin.’ Its lack of extraneous ornament, proto-modernist form and overall decorative qualities come purely from the interplay of its minimal and refined structural elements. Godwin remarked that ‘It is essential that the common objects of everyday life should be quiet, simple and unobtrusive in their beauty’. A pencil and gouache drawing for a related eight-legged version is in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London under accession number E.494-1963.

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