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Nest of drawers, XF114, English, unknown maker, c.1800, carcase and drawers solid mahogany; brass handles, keyhole liners and locks. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly

Nest of drawers, English, unknown maker, c.1800

Carcase and drawers of solid mahogany, wooden knob handle and brass handles, keyhole liners and locks

Height: 60cm
Width: 42cm
Depth: 45.5cm

Museum number: XF114

Curatorial note

Outer case with bead moulding around back edge and fixing holes for large bail handles on the sides; four drawers with brass inset drop-ring pull handles; the top drawer has a later turned wooden knob handle; two keyholes with brass liners (two are missing); all drawers with circular depressions for ivory numbered or lettered discs; lock missing from the top drawer; brass locks to centre two drawers stamped BARRONS PATENT with a crown; lock to bottom drawer unmarked.

It is not clear where this small nest of drawers was placed during Soane’s lifetime. This is a piece of office furniture similar to the other nests of drawers XF38 and XF161 and must once have had Soane’s trademark ivory disc labels on each drawer and been used for the storage of business papers.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk