Luxury Design, Past & Present
Regency period rosewood and brass mounted card table. The curule formed leg with brass
mounts and terminate in a gilt brass foliate cap and caster. The table opens with a scissor action
extending lopers to support the open, velvet lined interior surface. The design and unusual
scissor action closure relates to work produced in the workshop of Thomas and William
Wilkinson, long established in Moorfields, London. William Wilkinson carried on after his
cousin Thomas left the firm, and William's work was often stamped with a royal warrant. It is
interesting to note that a pair of tables of the same design are to be found in the white music
room of Buckingham Palace.
Literature: Christopher Gilbert, Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, 1996, pp. 55-6, and fig.
958 on p. 4 7 2
Beard & Gilbert, eds, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, pp. 977-8