Origin: English Period: Mid 20thC Provenance: From the Set of Dr. No, by Repute Date: c.1960 Height: 28.5“ The Top: 41.75” wide x 83” long
The wonderfully dramatic rectangular black and gilt tooled leather topped and giltwood carved centre table, raised on carved giltwood griffins with metal supports, and believed to be from the film set of the 1962 James Bond film, Dr No.
The table is in good condition overall. There is minor scuffing to the top, with a few scratches and gauge marks and wear to the paint at the edges. The top has slight tilt and there are minor scuffs to the carved griffins. Overall the piece is in lived in condition but consistent with age.
The World Premiere of Dr. No (1962) was held on 5th October 1962 at the London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, London. The launch of the first ever James Bond film in a cinema was attended by Sean Connery, Zena Marshall and James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
Furniture seen and used in the film is eclectic with a myriad of styles and periods blended at the interior locations. Legend has it that the sets and furniture were slightly smaller than they would be in reality, so that Bond would look larger. Sir Kenneth Hugo "Ken" Adam, OBE (born Klaus Hugo Adam; 5 February 1921) was the set designer and is most famous for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s. Of the £1,000,000 budget, he was given £14,000 but he argued for an extra £6,000 to create his now-exemplary sets. Ken Adam's sets so impressed Stanley Kubrick that he hired him the following year to be production designer on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
Although we cannot guarantee that this table does feature in the film (we have viewed it through its entirety and there are a number of possibilities where only the top of tables are seen for example at the casino) its bespoke construction, of essentially early nineteenth century style, but of mid 20thC construction, would fit the bill. Something as striking and dramatically designed as this certainly fits well with set design and of the set itself and it is a very filmic piece. It is unlikely a table designed this way in the 20thC would have been commissioned for anything but a set. The vendor of the table has been involved in furnishing film sets for a good number of years and this is the information we have been passed on.
A centre table that is sure to literally be, the centre of attention.