THE WOODHALL PARK TABLE: A GILTWOOD AND GILT-COMPOSITION NEOCLASSICAL SIDE TABLE ALMOST CERTAINLY DESIGNED BY THOMAS LEVERTON TO SUPPORT THE IMPORTANT LATE RENAISSANCE TABLETOP OF PIETRE DURE AND MARBLES

June 8 2009, 4:07pm

The Table English. Circa 1785. The Top Probably Rome. Circa 1600. This magnificent 16th-century Roman pietre dure top stands on an important neoclassical giltwood base, almost certain to have been made to a design by Thomas Leverton for the Drawing Room at Woodhall Park, the splendid mansion built in the 1780s for Sir Thomas Rumbold. The tabletop can be compared to a select group of similar pietre dure pieces that date from 1550 to 1620, which includes the Farnese Table, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the famed Richelieu table in the Galerie d’Apollon in the Louvre, an octagonal table in the Palazzo Quirinale in Rome, and a rectangular top from Fonthill Abbey. The present top shares a number of defining features with the aforementioned pieces that would suggest Roman manufacture during the second half of the 16th century. The technical virtuosity of the craftsmanship and the complexity of the design are enhanced by the great variety of stones employed.