The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Table
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy and England
  • c. 1550 (end supports)
    c. 1830 (top and mounts)
  • Carved and gilt limewood
  • Object size: 94.6 x 209.7 x 109.5 cm
  • F510.1
  • Great Gallery
Further Reading
  • One of a pair, this table has mid sixteenth-century north Italian supports which are dramatic examples of Renaissance Italian carving, featuring winged female terms flanking masks. The tabletops were probably added in about 1830 and as such, the tables are also important examples of the nineteenth-century revival of interest in Renaissance styles. The tables appear to have been put together in their current form for Bentley Priory, the home of the 2nd Marquess of Abercorn, at whose sale in 1853 the pair was bought by the 4th Marquess of Hertford.