Ralph Turnbull Wood Centre Table

In 1834 Ralph Turnbull, who had arrived in Kingston, Jamaica with his brothers Thomasand Cuthbert in 1815, was awarded a grant of £1000 by the Jamaican House of Assembly for ‘’bringing the various woods of his island into repute in the mother country.’’

Exotic parquetry veneered tops were Turnbull’s signature works and seen to great effect on a specimen wood chiffonier offered at auction. Rarely is a piece of furniture quite so documented as this. Not only is it applied with printed label reading Ralph Turnbull’s Cabinet and Upholstery Manufactory, Kingston, Jamaica but it was sold with the original drawing, signed and dated 1837, together with the chart denoting the specimen woods used in the cube parquetry panel.

It came to the present owner by descent through the family of the Hon. Samuel Hay of Clyfee Hall, Market Lavington, a lieutenant in the 7th Regiment of Foot who was quartered with his regiment in theWest Indies c1804-1805.