Remarkable Hexagonal Library Table


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Mid-19th century English hexagonal library table by T. H. Filmer & Sons, London circa 1840, the gilt tooled Morocco leather top over three working and three dummy drawers with ripple moldings, the base carved with the head of Aeolus on dolphin carved feet. Thomas Henry Filmer, whose label is applied on the top of the base section, established a cabinet making and upholstery firm in Berners Street, near Oxford Street, London, in 1835 and the firm remained in business until at least the late 1860s. They made several pieces of exhibition furniture, most notably a table for the 1862 International Exhibition in London. A walnut teapoy bearing the firm`s label is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (cf. Christopher Gilbert and Geoffrey Beard, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, London, 1986, p.299, Aeolus was the ruler of the winds in Greek mythology. More specifically, he was the divine keeper of the winds and king of the mythical, floating island of Aiolia (Aeolia). He kept the violent Storm-Winds locked safely away inside the cavernous interior of his isle, releasing them only at the command of the greatest gods to wreak devastation upon the world. The hero Odysseus once visited Aeolus' isle and was entrusted with a bag containing all of the Storm-Winds to ensure a safe voyage home. However, during the trip, the hero's greedy companions opened the bag in a search for gold and the escaping winds carried their ship all the way back to Aeolos's shore.

Early Victorian/1840-1849



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