Antique Irish, Carved Walnut Fern or Occasional Table by Robert Strahan, Dublin

GBP 3,450.00

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Object Description

This fabulous carved solid walnut table is in fantastic original condition.
It has an inset of figured marble top in shades of cream and ochre surrounded by a crisply carved border of flowers and foliage.
The frieze of the top is moulded and set with cabochon buttons.
The table stands on three swept legs which are united at their centres by crisply carved foliage and terminate in scroll feet.
Above the feet are carved swags of flowers and foliage.
The inside of one of the legs is stamped “Strahan Dublin”.
There are exhibits of furniture, made by Strahan, at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.
The Museum also holds historical records of the company’s designs.
The condition of this antique table is amazing, it has no cracks, damage or woodworm and no repairs.
Height: 29 inches – 74cm
Diameter: 25 inches – 64cm

Object History

Courtesy of the Museum of Ireland Dublin:
Robert Strahan
The furniture firm of Robert Strahan and Co was founded in 1776. Operating from premises in 10-11 Chancery Lane, by 1815 it was so successful that two new workshops opened at 24-25 Henry Street and 5 Leinster Street in 1845.

They displayed their work at Dublin’s great industrial exhibition of 1853, where the best examples of Irish design and manufacture were on show. In 1870 the firm moved to Abbey Street and continued to trade under the well-established family name up until 1969.

Patronized by the Office of Public Works, the firm designed and manufactured high quality but often unadorned furniture. Other work, however, such as a walnut table exhibited at the second London International Exhibition of 1862, was far more ornate, showing the influence of designers such as Thomas Hope (1769-1831) and Richard Bridgens (1785-1846).
Illustrated in the Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue for the London exhibition, the table was heavily decorated with intricate marquetry, scrolling foliage, masks, strap work and cartouches.

Strahan designed furniture for some of the great Irish country houses such as Doneraile Court, Co. Cork and Lisnavagh, Co. Carlow.

Object Condition

Absolutely Superb

Object Details

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