A Fantastic Victorian Pine Art Table from Grittleton House School, Wiltshire

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Origin: English
Period: Victorian
Provenance: Grittleton House School, Wiltshire, UK
Date: c.1890
Width: 41 inches
Height: 29.5 inches
Depth: 40.25 inches

The Victorian School table of good size constructed of stained pine and hailing from the art rooms in Grittleton House School, Wiltshire having turned legs with a planked top showing an abundance of colour and character as a myriad of paint flecks, being untouched from its heavy use by the pupils throughout the twentieth century.

The top has some cracking towards the centre though this aside she remains in an original state and has been simply waxed to protect her idiosyncrasies. There are paint flecks to the whole, not just the top and the staining to the legs is worn in many areas as are the table edges though this is of course all desirable, and expected, all in the right places.

Grittleton House School was founded in 1951 and is a family-run independent co-educational school. The house itself is set in 36 acres of glorious Wiltshire countryside. The school has two art studios, one for the junior and infant school and the other for the senior school and in addition a textile and design studio.

This table, according to one star ex-pupil, was the one the art teacher, Mr Scadding, used as his desk, at least for a period. Mr Scadding was comical in his approach and enjoyed talking about history whilst the pupils worked, thus combining the two subjects. It was quite cold in the art room in the winter so they had large gas heaters to keep them warm.

This table will have been part of the daily life of the art rooms at Grittleton for decades and as such it proves to be like a flipbook, animating a normal Victorian pine kitchen table into a tableau of creative activity. As such, tables do not come more fun than this…. Oh and the several pieces of chewing gum to the underside are included.

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