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Furnishing the Palaces

This remarkable design of table and matching stands (RCIN 1101) was clearly inspired by contemporary Chinese furniture design in its rectilinear, clear outlines. Its applied decoration on the other hand, which is both carved in wood and applied in gesso,

Side table ©

In the early years of the new dynasty, new furniture made for the palaces followed late Baroque French fashions inspired by furniture made for Louis XIV’s Château de Versailles. These patterns provided the source for many European princes throughout the late seventeenth century. Typical of a Baroque princely apartment (until about 1720), was the classic arrangement of mirror, table and pair of candle-stands, often all made in gilded wood, and placed in a long line against the window wall. In the 1720s, a rival style emerged making use of Italian prototypes, both contemporary and ancient, which harmonised with the interior architecture and painting collecting.

John Gumley (1672-1729)


Jingdezhen [Jiangxi Province, China]

Punch bowl

Probably Benjamin Goodison (c.1700-1767)

Side chairs

Attributed to Benjamin Goodison (c.1700-1767)

A pair of chests

James Moore (c.1670-1726)

Pier table

Melchior Baumgartner (1621-86)

Clock, organ and mahogany case, c. 1740

Attributed to British School, 16th century

Edward III (1312-77)

Attributed to British School, 16th century

Richard II (1367-1400)

John Michael Rysbrack (1693-1770)

Edward VI

Richard Vick (active 1702-c.1750)

Bracket clock

Attributed to Giovanni Battista Borra (1712-86)

Pier table

François-Justin Vulliamy (1712-98)

Bracket clock