E W Godwin. Collinson & Lock. An extremely rare Anglo Japanese rosewood coffee table.
To my knowledge no other rosewood examples of this coffee table exist.
An entry in one of Godwin’s cash books reads, “1874 Apr. 10 Coffee Table Grey Towers designed for the sum of 3-3-0” (V&A AAD 4 /13-98, fol. 23), indicating that Godwin designed special versions of this type of table for Collinson & Lock in the 1870s being in Rosewood it is likely this table is one of those versions.
For a sketch for this table, see Susan Weber Soros, The Secular Furniture of E W Godwin, page 147, illustration 212.1.
The last five images are from E.W.Godwin by Elizabeth Aslin (1st image of the 5) and The Secular Furniture of E W Godwin by Susan Weber Soros (last 4 images). Ebonised versions of this table have been found in greater numbers than Mahogany or Walnut. Rosewood versions are very rare.
Height 30", Length 43", Depth 24".