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A highly unusual mid 19th century amboyna circular breakfast table, the top is inlaid with concentric circles of elaborate scrolling foliage with, at the centre, a floral bouquet surrounded by butterflies. The base is fashioned as a tripod with inturned scrolls. Each face is lavishly inlaid with stylised classical marquetry and foliate designs.Attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock.-----------------------Edward Holmes Baldock was a furniture dealer and restorer known tooperate from premises in Hanway Street, London from 1805. His businessand specialisation steadily expanded and in 1821 he was described inthe Post Office Directories as an ‘antique furniture and ornamental chinadealer’, this entry was re-defined in 1826 to ‘buying, selling, exchangingand valuing China, Cabinets, Screens, Bronzes etc’. In addition torestoring existing furniture, he also produced designs for new pieces andhad them made to his specifications. One of his commissions was toproduce designs for a suite of bedroom furniture in 1841 for the Dukeof Buccleuch. A design for a table in the Buccleuch papers is annotated,‘No. 3 Amboyna wood ground with coloured flowers’ which is almostcertainly the preliminary sketch for a table which was made later. He isknown for a number of well-constructed, and in certain cases, finely inlaidpieces of furniture marked with his initials, ‘EHB’. Some of these pieceswere pastiches of 18th century French furniture and others are executedin contemporary English style.Baldock’s bills survive in many important archives including the WindsorRoyal Archives, George IV’s papers 1827-28, the Duke of Buccleuchand Queensbury’s private archives and the Duke of Northumberland’sprivate archives amongst many others.
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