London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
DICKENS, Charles -- Mid-Victorian oak centre table from Gad's Hill. Mid-19th century, 74.5 x 60 x 122cm, rectangular top above plain frieze on turned, tapering baluster legs. Provenance: Charles Dickens, Gad's Hill (sold Gad's Hill auction, Homan Auctioneers, Rochester, 1870, lot 252, £1.2.0 to Mr. Morris, acting together with A.E. Watchurst) -- by descent.
DIRECT FROM DICKENS'S HOME AT GAD'S HILL. Having been acquired at the 1870 auction by Mr. Morris acting in concert with a forebearer of the present owner, the table has never changed hands since its ownership by Dickens. It stood on the ground floor of the Chalet, a real Swiss Chalet erected in the garden in 1865 and the retreat for writing preferred by Dickens. The table is one of a pair; its twin was Dickens's writing desk upstairs.
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