Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Home Beautiful: The Lily Pond Table, c. 1913

Omega Workshops
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This oblong table of painted pine wood with curved ends is supported on slightly tapered legs which are united by square-end stretchers and one flat central stretcher. The table is special because of the top which is painted in oils with a lily-pond design consisting of an assortment of abstract forms in polychrome on a black ground.  This painted panel is outlined by a red border within an outer border of green. The framework is painted in a matching hue of olive green and the legs have chamfers at the angles which are painted a dusty red.

Made between 1913-1919 in England, this table is the work of the designer Roger Fry (1866-1934) and the painter Duncan Grant (1885-1978) for the famed Omega Workshops.

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