Great Britain 1820 – Australia 1899
to Australia 1842
Circular pedestal table with tilting top
jarrah, veneers, brass
75.0 (h) cm 135.0 cm (diameter)
The Wordsworth Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Joseph Hamblin completed a nine-year apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in Britain before arriving in Western Australia. He made this tilting-top dining table while employed by the Western Australian furniture maker, George Lazenby, during the period that he was providing furniture for the refurbishment of Government House in Perth in 1848–9, where it was probably used. The table’s design is an example of the simple strong forms and unadorned timber surfaces of the Regency and neoclassical styles of furniture popularised in Britain and Australia between 1800 and 1830.