Uncovering the secrets of our furniture collection Part 1 Hardwick Hall
June 27, 2016
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The ‘Aeglentyne’ table
Detail of the so-called ‘Aeglentyne’ table, c.1568 / NT 1127774
The ‘Aeglentyne’ table is one of the rarest surviving pieces of furniture in England. An inlaid motto, pictured here, contains the word ‘aeglentyne’, the old word for a sweet briar rose. Whilst the strapwork design was inspired by Flemish examples, the execution of the inlay on various woods is distinctively English, and we now believe that the table may have been made by craftsmen in London, possibly in Southwark.
The ‘Sea-Dog’ table
The so-called ‘Sea-Dog Table’ after Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, c.1575 / NT 1127744
This walnut draw-leaf table is one of several extremely rare, early pieces of furniture at Hardwick Hall. The top is inlaid with different marbles and patterns of flowers, fruits and arabasques. The legs are in the form of chimeras with hound-like heads, hence the title ‘sea-dog’.
The ‘du Cerceau’ cabinet
The so-called ‘du Cerceau’ Cabinet, c.1580 / NT 1127743
Recent technical analysis has allowed us to determine that French oak of the mid-to-late 16th century was used in the construction of this rare walnut cabinet. Based on designs by the influential French designer, Du Cerceau, the cabinet retains much of its original decorations, including paintings on leather and inset marble plaques.