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"The Table: A Symbol of Tradition, Innovation

Background imageTable Collection: Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4

Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Dining-Room. A family at their dining table, which is a typically Heath Robinson design

Background imageTable Collection: Brixton Prison Cell

Brixton Prison Cell
A single cell in the old part of Brixton Prison, London, circa 1862. At this time the prison housed female convicts, who were subjected to solitary confinement under the separate system operated at

Background imageTable Collection: Old Woman Saying Grace, Known as ‘The Prayer without End, c.1656. Creator: Nicolaes Maes

Old Woman Saying Grace, Known as ‘The Prayer without End, c.1656. Creator: Nicolaes Maes
Old Woman Saying Grace, Known as The Prayer without End, c.1656

Background imageTable Collection: Torah scroll used in the ritual of Torah reading during Jewish prayers, Italy, Europe

Torah scroll used in the ritual of Torah reading during Jewish prayers, Italy, Europe

Background imageTable Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageTable Collection: Suffragette Board Game PANK-A-SQUITH

Suffragette Board Game PANK-A-SQUITH
A suffragette board game called Pank-A-Squith which was first advertised in the pages of Votes for Women, October 1909. It was described as a highly artistic TABLE GAME that helps to spread

Background imageTable Collection: Wodehouse / Jeeves / Wooster

Wodehouse / Jeeves / Wooster
Front cover of Piccadilly Jim, showing a couple playing footsie beneath the dining table

Background imageTable Collection: A moment from the final sequence of Ice Cold In Alex (1957)

A moment from the final sequence of Ice Cold In Alex (1957)
with Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews, Sylvia Syms and John Mills

Background imageTable Collection: A Studio in Montparnasse, c1926, (1935). Creator: CRW Nevinson

A Studio in Montparnasse, c1926, (1935). Creator: CRW Nevinson
A Studio in Montparnasse, c1926, (1935). Nude model and cat by a tall window with a view of Paris rooftops. Painting in the Tate Gallery, London. From " Modern Masterpieces", Part 2

Background imageTable Collection: Between Two Fires, c1892, (1938). Artist: Francis Davis Millet

Between Two Fires, c1892, (1938). Artist: Francis Davis Millet
Between Two Fires, c1892. Painting held at the Tate Britain, London. From World-Famous Paintings edited by J. Greig Pirie [W. & G. Foyle, Ltd, London, 1938.]

Background imageTable Collection: Geological crosssection through the Earths crust

Geological crosssection through the Earths crust.. Chromolithograph from Dr. Fr. Rolles Geology and Paleontology section in Gotthilf Heinrich von Schuberts Natural History, Schreiber, Munich, 1886

Background imageTable Collection: Middlesex Hospital entrance, Mortimer Street, London

Middlesex Hospital entrance, Mortimer Street, London
Middlesex Hospital main entrance hall, Mortimer Street, London. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageTable Collection: San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, North America

San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, North America

Background imageTable Collection: THE FIRST THANKSGIVING At Plymouth, Massachusetts. Oil on canvas, 1914, by Jennie A. Brownscombe

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING At Plymouth, Massachusetts. Oil on canvas, 1914, by Jennie A. Brownscombe

Background imageTable Collection: Bill Sykes (Barnard)

Bill Sykes (Barnard)
Bill Sykes sits at a table with a bottle of booze while his dog Bullseye cowers against the wall, afraid of being hit

Background imageTable Collection: Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette

Playing Table Tennis - Edwardian - Etiquette
I am not sure whether it is my turn. (to write the postcard or to serve!!) A smart Gentleman makes a courteous enquiry to his glamorous young female table tennis companion. Date: circa 1904

Background imageTable Collection: Two Grey Squirrels on a mini picnic bench having a birthday party

Two Grey Squirrels on a mini picnic bench having a birthday party Date: 18-Mar-19

Background imageTable Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
The Green Knight rides over the bridge into Camelot Castle on New Years Day. He will set King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table a special challenge

Background imageTable Collection: Greek Salad with feta and olives, Greek food, Greece, Europe

Greek Salad with feta and olives, Greek food, Greece, Europe

Background imageTable Collection: The Pooters

The Pooters
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pooter and their son Lupin

Background imageTable Collection: Flower in her Hair by David Wright

Flower in her Hair by David Wright
Lovely pin-up by David Wright depicting a slender woman in a strapless black evening dress at her dressing table fixing a flower into her swept up hair. c.1950

Background imageTable Collection: Osborne House, Drawing Room J030031

Osborne House, Drawing Room J030031
OSBORNE HOUSE, Isle of Wight. Interior view. The Drawing Room. Some items shown maybe on loan from the Royal Collection

Background imageTable Collection: View over the seaside town of Sorrento

View over the seaside town of Sorrento, near Naples, Campania, Italy, Europe

Background imageTable Collection: Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert

Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert
Ennui, c1914 (1935). After the painting by Walter Richard Sickert. From Modern Masterpieces Part 2. [George Newnes Ltd, London, 1935.]

Background imageTable Collection: Roses in a Vase, c1910. Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Roses in a Vase, c1910. Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Roses in a Vase, c1910. Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageTable Collection: Standard periodic table, element types

Standard periodic table, element types
Standard periodic table, colour-coded for element types. The periodic table shows the chemical elements ordered by atomic number (number of protons in the nucleus)

Background imageTable Collection: Standard periodic table, element types

Standard periodic table, element types
Standard periodic table, colour-coded for element types. The periodic table shows the chemical elements ordered by atomic number (number of protons in the nucleus)

Background imageTable Collection: A Feast. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, late 11th century, (1944). Creator: Unknown

A Feast. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, late 11th century, (1944). Creator: Unknown
A Feast. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, late 11th century, (1944). Scene from the embroidery depicting the Norman Invasion of England in 1066

Background imageTable Collection: Emerald Tablet, Smaragdine Table or Tabula Smaragdina

Emerald Tablet, Smaragdine Table or Tabula Smaragdina. Work attributed to the legendary alchemist Hermes Trismegistus who summarizes the process Magnum Opus or Great work for the creation of

Background imageTable Collection: Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain, Europe

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain, Europe

Background imageTable Collection: Bar in the Adlon Hotel, Berlin, Germany

Bar in the Adlon Hotel, Berlin, Germany. Date: 1930

Background imageTable Collection: On the rails at Goodwood by Howard K Elcock

On the rails at Goodwood by Howard K Elcock
An illustration showing how the Goodwood meeting at the end of the Season was as much a picnic party as a race meeting, with smart spectators enjoying a picnic lunch

Background imageTable Collection: San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, North America

San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, North America

Background imageTable Collection: DOYLE: SHERLOCK HOLMES. Sherlock Holmes (left) concludes an interview with the Napoleon of crime

DOYLE: SHERLOCK HOLMES. Sherlock Holmes (left) concludes an interview with the Napoleon of crime, Professor Moriarty. Wood engraving after a drawing by Sidney Paget from the Strand magazine for Sir

Background imageTable Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageTable Collection: The Toast by William Heath Robinson

The Toast by William Heath Robinson
A charming and detailed scene showing a large extended family, or possibly group of villagers drinking a toast around a large table groaning with delicious fruit pies, turkey, jelly, soup

Background imageTable Collection: Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer

Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer
The workshop of a saddler and upholsterer, with finished items including trunks, bags and a chair (top right)

Background imageTable Collection: Roman orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia

Roman orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia
Roman men and women having an orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia, held in honour of the god Saturn. Date: circa 1st century

Background imageTable Collection: The Last Supper, 1800. Creators: Raphael Morghen, Teodoro Matteini

The Last Supper, 1800. Creators: Raphael Morghen, Teodoro Matteini
The Last Supper, 1800

Background imageTable Collection: Early view of Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the

Early view of Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa with Table Mountain in the (shrouded in cloud) in the background. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageTable Collection: Down to the Dregs, 1880 (c1902)

Down to the Dregs, 1880 (c1902)
Down to the Dregs, 1880, (c1902). Artist, John Seymour Lucas. A man in 17th century dress drains a tankard of beer. From The Nations Pictures

Background imageTable Collection: Breakfast with the Morning Newspaper, 1898. Artist: Laurits Andersen Ring

Breakfast with the Morning Newspaper, 1898. Artist: Laurits Andersen Ring
Breakfast with the Morning Newspaper, 1898. Found in the collection of the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Background imageTable Collection: Scene from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843. Artist: John Leech

Scene from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843. Artist: John Leech
Scene from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843. The irascible, curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge, sitting alone on Christmas Eve, is visited by the ghost of Marley, his late business partner

Background imageTable Collection: The Dining Hall of Balliol College, Oxford University

The Dining Hall of Balliol College, Oxford University circa 1910s

Background imageTable Collection: Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored
Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Spanish friar of DIscalced Carmelite Order. Engraving. Colored

Background imageTable Collection: Cats enjoying a party on a Christmas card

Cats enjoying a party on a Christmas card
A family of cats enjoying a party on a Christmas card, by Louis Wain. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageTable Collection: A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman

A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman
Someone elses table - a little impression, by H. M. Bateman. A game of billiards descends into raucous laughter as one player accidentally rips a hole in the green baize. Date: 1918

Background imageTable Collection: Daltons table of Atomic symbols, 1835

Daltons table of Atomic symbols, 1835
John Dalton (1766-1844) English chemist. Daltons table of Atomic symbols from a lecture delivered by him at the Manchester Mechanics Institution, October 1835




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"The Table: A Symbol of Tradition, Innovation, and Connection" From the sacred Torah scroll used in Jewish prayers to the extravagant automated dining room of Heath Robinson, the table has witnessed countless stories unfold and has been a witness to history and a gathering place for people from all walks of life. In Italy, Europe, tables have hosted lively debates over politics and suffrage as seen in the intriguing board game PANK-A-SQUITH. Meanwhile, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren reminds us of medieval tales shared around grand banquet tables. Transporting us to 1920s Montparnasse is CRW Nevinson's painting "A Studio in Montparnasse, " where artists gathered around a table to discuss their avant-garde ideas that would shape art movements for years to come. Similarly, Francis Davis Millet's "Between Two Fires" captures an intimate moment at a table filled with conversation and camaraderie. Across continents, we find ourselves strolling along San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas. Here, tables line up alongside picturesque views as friends share meals while creating lasting memories together. The silver screen also immortalizes tables' significance; think back to the final sequence of "Ice Cold In Alex. " The tension builds as characters gather around a table before embarking on their perilous journey - showcasing how even simple furniture can heighten dramatic moments. Reflecting on history brings us back to Plymouth, Massachusetts during THE FIRST THANKSGIVING. Jennie A. Brownscombe's oil painting transports us back in time when Pilgrims sat side by side with Native Americans at a communal table - symbolizing unity amidst diversity, and are not just witnesses but also actors themselves; Bill Sykes (Barnard) finds himself entangled amidst gripping scenes atop one such piece of furniture. Lastly, we delve into ancient wisdom with the Emerald Tablet or Tabula Smaragdina.