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Dwarf cabinet, by Rogers and Rowbotham, designed by A.T. Bolton, 1923, mahogany and ebony
Museum number: XF219
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.
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