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Circular Bar Table #2000-1230Members’ Dining Room, Main Floor

Maple circular occasional table with faux marble laminate insert, with a moulded edge over a deep apron, on square section legs with incised lines and applied rectangular block cresting.

History

This circular bar table was designed in 1926 by the Architects Department of the Federal Capital Commission, led by principal architect John Smith Murdoch, specifically for the Provisional Parliament House. This piece of furniture was designed for use in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms, where the custom made furniture was complemented by electroplated cutlery, ceramics and glassware monogrammed with the initials ‘CPRR’ within an oval garter. This table has been used in a variety of capacities throughout the building.

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This circular bar table is significant as a component of the Heritage Collection, which comprises those pieces of furniture which were used in the Provisional Parliament House between 1924 and 1988. The collection has associations with the process of government, the ceremonial, administrative, promotional and recreational functions conducted within the House, and with the individuals who governed Australia between 1927 and 1988. The building is a primary example of the Inter War Stripped Classical style of architecture prominent in Canberra’s government architecture of the 1920s to 1940s. The characteristic expression of the building’s style is due to the design work of the Commonwealth’s first government architect, John Smith Murdoch. The Old Parliament House building has a richness of internal fabric and collections, which include the purpose designed furniture and furnishings, that convey the way in which parliamentary functions were conducted, the everyday use of the building, and the hierarchical nature of parliamentary staffing practices. This furniture is significant as it has remained within the building for which it was designed.

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Details

Height 785mm
Diameter 680mm
Medium Queensland maple; faux marble; timber
Creator’s name Federal Capital Commission Architects Department
Date created Circa 1927