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Portable stationery and book rack, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany and brass. XF2. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Portable stationery and book rack, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Mahogany and brass

Height: 25.5cm
Width: 15cm
Depth: 20.5cm

Museum number: XF2

Curatorial note

With hoop handles, in three compartments with a tray top with fixed brass handles on either side; and four wooden bun feet; two keyhole shaped cut-outs on the back enable it to hang on a wall or perhaps to slot over two fixings to hold it in place on a surface, if desired

Soane owned three such book or stationery carriers, which would have enabled him to transport small books and writing or drawing equipment around the house to the various desks available in places such as the Breakfast Room and Basement Ante Room or to the small circular table tucked into the base of his plaster cast of the Apollo Belvedere (XF179). At the time of his death all three book carriers were listed amongst the contents of his Study.

Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001


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