|Description: A Canadian nineteenth century walnut hall table with panelled gallery back. The table is tapered and has flat fluted supports.|
The table is part of a set with matching hall chairs and is thought to have originally brought from Erindale Estate. They were made by Toronto furniture makers Jacques and Hay Company. Mary Magrath Harris inherited some items from her father William Magrath in 1888.
Gothic Revival in Canada was most popular between 1830-1865 and drew its inspiration from Gothic church architecture. The Gothic peaked arches and trefoil, or clover type pattern, motif on these are indicative of this style. The exact table is also a part of the Spadina House Museum collection in Toronto.
Founded in 1835, Jacques and Hay Company was one of the most successful businesses in Canada which has left a legacy of fine furniture. Robert Hay and John Jacques used cabinet making skills learned in Britain to build a thriving business and their first of many factories was located at King and Bay Streets in Toronto. The company thrived and expanded many times throughout the nineteenth century and overcame the devastation of two fires in 1854 and 1856.
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