More flamboyant than functional, console tables usually were made in pairs to anchor grand rooms in well-appointed 18th-century houses. Console tables were often placed between windows, with mirrors hung above them. This gilded console table is attributed to the London firm of William Marsh and Thomas Tatham, who produced furniture for an illustrious clientele in the 18th century that included the Prince of Wales. The dolphins that form the base were borrowed from antiquity and are in the Regency style, an extension of Neoclassicism. This pair of tables was probably made for the 1st Duke of Sutherland.


Cataloguing data may change with further research.

If you have questions about this work of art or the MFAH Online Collection please contact us.

Artist
Design attributed to Charles Heathcote Tatham, English, 1772–1842
Manufacturer
Maker attributed to Marsh & Tatham, English, active 1803-11
Title
Console Table (one of a pair)
Date
c. 1805–1811
Medium
red pine, gilding, Travertine marble, plaster, and iron
Dimensions
34 × 56 × 30 in. (86.4 × 142.2 × 76.2 cm)
Credit Line

The Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III

Current Location
Rienzi
RIENZI DINING ROOM
Accession Number
94.1194.2
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

"Collection of George Granville Leveson-Gower, Marquis of Stafford, later Duke of Sutherland, Cleveland House, St.