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Pedestal cupboard, XF245, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, oak and ivory.

Pedestal cupboard, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Oak with ivory discs

Height: 101cm
Height (lower cupboard): 71cm
Width: 62cm
Depth (upper cupboard): 29.5cm
Depth (lower cupboard): 37.5cm

Museum number: XF245

Curatorial note

With panelled doors ornamented with wooden studs or knobs. The upper door has its original inset ivory disc numbered 45 above the keyhole, which is missing its escutcheon. The interior has three shelves of varying depths and additional grooves in the sides either to allow for adjusting the existing shelves or for a fourth shelf. The reeded mouldings to the lower door are identical to those of the upper door but come together to form a central raised plaque, in the centre of which is an original inset ivory disc numbered 50; another ivory disc next to the key hole is numbered 44; the keyhole escutcheon is missing; internally the lower section does not contain shelves. The cupboard is not formed in two halves; each side is a single piece of timber. The back of the cupboard consists of rough planks.

The Furniture and Fittings inventory describes this as ‘1 Wainscot Pedestal Case or closet with solid panelled doors, ornamented with knobs or buttons.’ It was almost certainly made for Soane and the stud decoration perhaps recalls the doors of the tombs of Antiquity as depicted on Roman cinerary urns, with the ends of great iron bolts visible. It is similar to that used on the front doors of Nos. 12-14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields and on the doors to the Picture Room and Monk’s Parlour. The Picture Room door was made by Martyr and Co. in 1824-25 and this cupboard may also be their work.

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