I remember the moment I became interested in marquetry, it was while on vacation in England that I visited Keddlestone Hall ,a National Trust property in Derbyshire and saw this card table.
The table was made in 1765 by the cabinetmaker John Linnell
The marqueteur who worked for the Linnell firm at the time was Christopher Fuhrlohg, who was Paris trained possibly in the Simon Oeben workshop. Fuhrlohg was a Swedish cabinetmaker who returned to his native country a few years later along with his brother in law and fellow marqueteur Georg Haupt to work for the King of Sweden.
The people at the National Trust were very accommodating and allowed me to visit Keddlestone Hall one day before it opened to the public and take lots of photos and measurements.
So for the last few years (on and off) I have been steadily working away on my interpretation of the table,
All the frame work on the original was Oak, so therefore I used quarter or riff sawn Oak on my copy as the frame sides are veneered only on the face side . The table has concertina action to open the table to full size, nothing is glued together at this stage.
I have also been working on a few of the marquetry pieces
The feet and swags on the original are cast bronze , in the next installment I will show you how I went on with my humble effort in casting,
Thanks for looking