THE LINTON PARK SIDE TABLE: AN IMPOSING GILTWOOD AND PALE GREEN PAINTED SIDE TABLE

June 8 2009, 2:35pm

The present table is an unusual development of the side table as typically found in giltwood examples by, or in the manner of, Robert Adam, who pioneered the English neoclassical movement. Tables with tapered legs, usually six or eight in number are a signature element of Adamesque design. However, the present side table is of exceptionally large scale and the color of the base is of a very unusual hue of bluish-green. The table has very distinctive features within the ornament, for instance the frieze is applied with repeating gilded feather motifs, an interesting variant on the more usual acanthine patterns found on tables in the manner of Adam. The feet are particularly noteworthy, being of spaded circular form and incised with fluting. Linton is a small village and parish in the Maidstone district of Kent. The mansion of Linton Park was built on the hillside by Robert Mann in the 18th century.