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By Edwards, D. (British, active first half 19th Century)
This magnificent dining table is truly impressive when extended to its full length, exhibiting the high quality of Regency craftsmanship and design.
This fine dining table is comprised of two rounded rectangular ends, each on a rectangular support with reeded out-scrolled legs, with concertina action extending to enclose four leaves on ring-turned tapering legs, with brass caps and castors, ten brass clips, with two inset brass plaques inscribed 'EDWARDS PATENT NE PLUS ULTRA DIEU ET MON DROIT'
Each of four leaves of approximately 63cm in length can be removed as required to adjust the table length (e.g., with 3 leaves table length is 334cm). When fully extended, the table is some 397cm in length, while at its shortest the table is 144cm.
This form of expanding table has been named a 'Cumberland' table, possibly after Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.
1) C. Jones, Colefax & Fowler - The Best in English Interior Decoration, New York, London, a.o., 3rd edn., 1998, p. 182 (illustrated).
2) The die-stamped patent label of the King Street cabinet-maker David Edwards (d. 1848) appears in similar reed-framed tablets on the trestle pillars of other tables with Grecian-scrolled 'claws' (C. Gilbert, The Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, figs. 310-312).
3) This form of expanding table has been named a 'Cumberland' table, possibly after Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. In the early 1820's Edwards is listed in George IV's Household Accounts, which are now preserved in the Windsor Archives (C. Gilbert and G. Beard, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 269).
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