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An Important mid 19th century work table

An octagonal mid 19th century work table profusely inlaid with walnut, ebony, satinwood and oak in a geometric pattern.

English, circa 1870
Charles Bevan was born in the late 1820's and started gaining recognition for his work as a furniture designer and manufacturer in around 1865.

Three London addresses are recorded from which he operated, firstly at 66 Margaret Street between 1865-6. Here he advertised a 'New Registered Reclining chair' made by Marsh and Jones of Leeds, whose London show rooms were near his own premises. In that year with the help of Marsh and Jones he supplied the Yorkshire mill owner Sir Titus Salt with a large group of furniture including a bedroom suit, and in 1867 with the case of an Erard grand piano. These can all now been seen at Temple Newsam House in Leeds.

In 1866 he moved to 46 Bemers Street, during which time, his fortunes improved, working with the Manchester firm of James Lamb whose work was shown in the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867. The following year he went into collaboration with one of the largest and most notable of 19th century furniture manufacturers, Gillows of Lancaster and London. Finally, in 1872 his works were exhibited at the International Exhibition in London with Gillows. They, in partnership, produced a pair of ebonised cabinets, decorated with Doulton stoneware plagues which now form part of the V&A collection in London. His final move was in 1872 and coincided with a partnership with his son forming C.Bevan and Son and a move to 100 High Holborn where the firm remained for the following ten years.

Stylistically his furniture tends to be very heavily ornamented and in the Gothic taste, elaborately decorated with geometric ornamental inlays, described at the time as in the 'medieval taste', something clearly evident in our work box.

Height: 28 in; 71 cm
Width of top: 14 1/2 in; 37 cm

Reference: S1353

Price: £12,800

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