Philip Webb ~ Round tables

Philip Webb Wm Morris & Co  Reformed Gothic Revival style dining table

This table was designed by Philip Webb in a Reformed Gothic style. It is very close to the table below left c1865. In fact all the table share an affinity of design, hence on the same page. One feature they all share are the Gothic turned legs slightly sloping. The table above looks a little more basic than the table below left, the central leg is a simple turned post rathan the more elegant gothic turned post below. Also the contrasting woods on the table below give it a more elegant look.

The table top left below is another variation of the same design idea. It actually looks more Gothic even though it has been simplified and has more leg room. The contrasting finish of the base & top works very well (used by Webb on another table, shown in this section).

Philip Webb Wm Morris & Co  Reformed Gothic Revival style dining table Philip Webb Wm Morris & Co  Reformed Gothic Revival style dining table leg detail
Philip Webb Wm Morris & Co  Reformed Gothic Revival style dining table Philip Webb Wm Morris & Co dining table for a workman's house 1884
Philip Webb Wm Morris & Co  Reformed Gothic Revival style dining table leg detail Wm Morris & Co dining table for a workman's house 1884

There were other variations of these tables. The photo middle left above shows a much simplified version of one of these tables. Although partially hidden in the photo is is clearly a much simpler version. The legs & stretchers are bobbin turned the whole way up.

The photo middle left above shows another variant of these tables. It has the same turned legs & look as the 3 tables above it, but with the addition of a lower shelf sitting on the central spindles.

Bottom left photo shows yet another variation, this one is a real beaut of a design by Webb. The lower circular stretcher visually links all of the legs & echoes the round top. The ebonised finish would have matched the Sussex chairs by The Firm. One of these table was kept in Burne-Jones own home.

The bottom right photo shows another version of these tables. In 1884 Morris was aksed to design furniture for a workman's cottage in Manchester. Just visible at the bottom of the design is this table. With gothic sloping legs it shares the same design source as the other tables, it is the most basic & pared down of them all. By now Morris was quite aware that good quality 'simple' furniture was more suited to ordinary people.


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