The Linely Table

Contributed by Harewood House

This table was designed by David Linley and was made in Yorkshire. It is made from English Walnut and is inlaid with Burr Elm and Satinwood stringing. The central marquetry on the top of the table shows the Taj Mahal. The central panel of the table lifts out to reveal a hand painted chessboard. The chessboard was painted by Lady Charlotte Canning. Lady Canning was a talented artist who worked mainly in watercolour. In 1850 she accompanied her husband to India, and painted many scenes of the country. Here she designed the chessboard which now sits in the Linley table.There are 64 squares, and the 32 squares which would normally be black are actually individual watercolours of different scenes in India. Lady Canning also designed a key detailing each of the locations and this is now framed and included in the table. Lady Canning died in India aged 44, and her husband brought her paintings back to England. Lady Canning is the current Lord Harewood's Great, Great, Great Aunt by marriage. Through family bequest from her nephew 2nd Marquis of Clanricade to 6th Earl of Harewood, her paintings (including the chessboard) came to be at Harewood.

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