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Andrew Moore (1640-1706)

Side table 1698-99

RCIN 35301

Queen's Gallery, Windsor Castle

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This silver table belongs to a set including mirror and stands made for William III in 1699. It is an exceptionally rare example of high Baroque silver furniture. Such pieces were among the ultimate symbols of power and wealth in the late seventeenth century; Louis XIV famously spent vast amounts on solid silver furnishings for the palace of Versailles in the 1660s. However, almost all such pieces were subsequently melted to fund his military campaigns.
 
This table was part of an important commission for new silver furnishings (refashioned from an earlier set) for Kensington Palace, which was modernised by William III and Mary II. The table top is splendidly engraved with the arms and motto of William III, surrounded by the emblems of the four kingdoms.