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Knife box, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany with inlay in box and ebony, XF28, ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly

Knife box, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Mahogany with boxwood and ebony inlay

Height: 36cm
Width: 22cm
Depth: 29cm

Museum number: XF28

Curatorial note

With a serpentine front with stringing to all edges; underside of hinged lid inlaid with a six pointed star within an oval of boxwood with ebony bands; interior fully fitted for cutlery, the divisions within a grid of box stringing with diagonal ebony bands; silver plated key escutcheon with engraved leaf border and small ring handle also with engraved leaf decoration.

This knife-box was one of a pair which stood on the sideboard in the Library/Dining Room and appears in the 1822 views of the room. Although these are noted in the Furniture and Fittings inventory as having been sold by order of the Trustees after Soane’s death, it seems that this one remained unsold.1

Peter Thornton commissioned a replica of this knife box from Arthur Brett and Sons which stands with it on the replica sideboard in the Library-Dining Room.

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