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Dwarf cabinet, XF140, by Rogers and Rowbotham, designed by A.T. Bolton, 1923, mahogany and ebony. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.
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Dwarf cabinet, by Rogers and Rowbotham, designed by A.T. Bolton, 1923

Mahogany and ebony with ivory discs

Museum number: XF140

Curatorial note

One of two new dwarf bookcases commissioned and designed by A.T. Bolton, (Curator 1917 to 1945) as the final part of his scheme to convert the North and South Drawing Rooms into an Architectural Library (this cabinet is a pair with XF140). The Trustees resolved at their meeting on the 13 June 1923 that two new dwarf cabinets should ‘match the other new cases in their finish’. At the same meeting Messrs Rogers and Rowbotham’s estimate of £50 was accepted. Bolton described these cabinets as ‘on the model of the pamphlet cupboard’ (XF343), although they appear in fact to have little in common with it. They represent Bolton’s ultimate homage to Soane’s drawing rooms, with particularly fine flush veneered panels bordered with ebony set into the doors.

This one was in recent years placed in the North Drawing Room against the west wall beneath Turner'sVan Tromp painting - the consequence of this was that the Turner was hung too high. When the room was re-hung in 2015 the Turner was returned to its original, lower height (fixed into the timber flush picture rail installed by Soane) and this cabinet was moved elsewhere.

The doors have inset ivory labels like those used by Soane labelled 46 and 47. These are to indicate that this cupboard is Architectural Library bookcase 46 and 47.


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