A Regency Rosewood and Mahogany Library Drum Table
Dia.: 44.75" Height: 28.75"
Inventory Number 8465-586
The circular leather-inset crossbanded top is above a frieze fitted with four cedar-lined drawers retaining their original pulls, raised on a turned standard with downswept legs ending in castors; the underside stamped PAVILION and VR BP, 1866, No. 113.
In all likelihood, this table was made for a library at Brighton Pavilion. After the death of George IV, Brighton Pavilion was sold by Queen Victoria in 1844. Prior to the sale, she removed many pieces to Buckingham Palace and this table appears to have been part of that group. The 1866 inventory mark refers to the comprehensive inventory of Buckingham Palace taken in that year by Holland and Sons. While the inventory itself no longer exists, the number is also found on a bookcase and a writing table. All three pieces must have been in the same room, most likely a library.
The table was most likely removed from Buckingham Palace prior to 1911 because it does not bear a 1911 paper label applied to all furniture in the palace during that year. Queen Victoria often gave away pieces as gifts, which is most likely how this piece left the Royal Collection.