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Wainscot napkin press, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Oak

Height: 63.5cm
Width (base): 66cm
Width (drawer): 64.8cm
Depth (base): 40.6cm
Depth (drawer): 38cm

Museum number: XF310

Curatorial note

With single drawer, set on a moulded base, and with ball finial to the screw; two knobs missing from the drawer.

The measurements of this press agree with those given in the 1837 inventory for the press which stood in the kitchen (2 ft 2 in by 1 ft 4 in). There was another ‘small napkin press’ in one of the Attic rooms in 1837. Mrs. Soane purchased a napkin press for Pitzhanger in 1804, which may be this one.1

1 SM Archive Mrs Soane, Ealing Account Book.


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