E W Godwin made by Collinson & Lock An exceptional Anglo Japanese Rosewood table Design firmly attributed to E W Godwin. Made by Collinson & Lock. Stamped with their in house design number to the underside '8142'. An exceptional Anglo Japanese Rosewood table, stylistically ahead of its time.
The upper and lower edges with tram line details above a pair of opposite Japanese fretwork friezes, on four bowed legs cut from solid Rosewood, united by a lower shelf stepped down in the centre, (reminiscent of Godwin's most famous tea table with three hinged side leafs also incorporating a stepped shelf that he designed 1872, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, page 146, fig 211).
He used stepped designs on the lower shelves of all of his famous Anglo-Japanese sideboards of the 1870's (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, pages 176, 177, 178, 179 181, 182 and 183).
The stepped details are made using dove tail joints throughout with a fine Japanese fretwork under tier.
This table shows inspiration from both Japanese and Chinese designs, Chinese hardwood furniture played a crucial role in Godwin’s Anglo Japanese designs and he is known to have owned Chinese furniture as well as Chinese accessories (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, page 44-48) The bowed legs are very reminiscent of two designs from tables in a sketchbook from 1876 and 1881 (Elizabeth Aslin, E.W.Godwin page 79) and again on a design for three cabinets in c1878 and c1885 (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, pages 218 and 236).
The complicated fretwork is reminiscent of a design for a sofa by Collinson and Lock (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, page 109) a table in 1873-75 (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, pages 157) and an armchair the design attributed to Godwin for James Peddle in 1881 (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, pages 132).
The reeded detail is identical to a chair design in William Watts Art Furniture Catalogue c1885 (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, pages 266) a chair attributed to Godwin c1875 (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, page 137) and a couch attributed to Godwin and made by Collinson and Lock c1872-75 (Susan Soros, Secular Furniture, page 106).
The quality cabinet work of Collinson and Lock was one, if not the very best in Great Britain throughout the 1870's and 1880's.
33 in.(84cm.) wide; 27¾ in.(70.5cm.) high; 19¾in.(50cm.) deep.