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Cupboard, XF343, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany, deal and brass. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Cupboard with two doors, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Mahogany, deal and brass

Height: 100.5cm
Width: 150.5cm
Depth: 31.5cm

Museum number: XF343

Curatorial note

Two doors with reeded top and side edges; the right-hand door with a painted 63 above the diamond-shaped brass keyhole escutcheon; the left-hand door is numbered 64 and has a small brass knob handle (that on the right-hand door is missing); both doors are hinged on the right-hand edge; the replacement brass locks are stamped SECURE HAND-MADE and 2 LEVER. Books in Folio is painted in cream above the doors; the front 7 cm of the top is veneered in mahogany, the remainder is deal; inside each cupboard has a single shelf with plain scratch moulding detail to the front edge as in the bookcases in the Breakfast Room and elsewhere.

This cupboard was in the house by 1826 when it is shown in a watercolour of the Lobby to the Breakfast Room (Vol 82, 119). Then as now it housed Soane’s collection of pamphlets. It was probably once the lower part of a pedestal bookcase. In 1921 the cupboard was altered: new ¼” mahogany facings were added to the ends and the top was widened.

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