The story behind this miniature table donated to Newby Hall in North Yorkshire


An exact replica of a rare Chippendale table has been made and donated to a historic hall in North Yorkshire – and it’s a miniature.

Newby Hall has received the rare Chippindale table, synonymous with quality furniture manufacturing worldwide.

The painting is a copy of the 1775 original, which hangs in the Hall’s Tapestry Room which was found four years after it was stolen in 2007.

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Newby Hall is internationally recognized as one of Chippindale’s largest and most comprehensive interiors.

Its furniture was commissioned in the 18th century as part of an interior redevelopment of the Halle carried out by Robert Adam.

Jane Fiddick with the gifted miniature table and the original Chippendale

Crafted by expert miniature cabinetmaker Geoffrey Wonnacott, the hand-crafted 1/12 scale Pembroke table faithfully reproduces Newby’s original two-leaf side table and is made of inlaid rosewood.

The accompanying silver writing set is from Yorkshire-based Mike Sparrow, a specialist in miniature silverware for dolls houses.

It was commissioned by private collector Jane Fiddick for her Georgian dollhouse Adam, whose interiors were inspired by Newby Hall.

Mrs Fiddick’s Miniature Adam Dollhouse is part of a collection of 70 world famous dollhouses and miniatures donated to Newby Hall by Mrs Fiddick and her friend Caroline Hamilton in 2015.

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Exhibits are historically accurate miniature homes crafted to the finest detail and include miniature hallmarked silver, mouth-blown glass, real porcelain, intricate stitching, and hand-carved wood.

Ms Fiddick said she was “delighted to be able to support” Newby Hall as they have gone through a “difficult time” over the past few years.

She added: ‘When I first visited Newby I was inspired by its beautiful interiors to design bedrooms in my Adam home which are an evocation of the bedrooms in Newby.

I used a small Victorian style wine table in the upholstery room of my dollhouse, but it just didn’t match the gold furniture.

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I decided to order a copy of Newby’s famous Chippendale table and Geoffrey painstakingly recreated it as an authentic reproduction.


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