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Wardrobe, XF67, English, unknown maker, c.1780, mahogany with deal sliding shelves, ebony, brass and paper, ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly

Wardrobe, English, unknown maker, c.1780

Mahogany with deal sliding shelves, ebony, brass and paper

Height (to top of drawers): 84cm
Height (cupboard): 114cm
Width: 122cm
Depth: 60cm

Museum number: XF67

Curatorial note

Large two-door cupboard with a simple cornice mounted on a chest of drawers; the cupboard doors with inset panels; replacement lock to right-hand leaf; original unlined keyhole; original small brass bolts at the top and bottom of the interior of the left-hand door; the interior of the cupboard is fitted with four sliding deal shelves (there were originally five; one is missing) in the form of three-sided trays, the upper shelves shaped beneath the front edge at either end to facilitate pulling out; one shelf rests on the bottom of the cupboard and is shaped at either end of the front edge to facilitate pulling out; the rounded front edges to the trays were originally grained to resemble mahogany. There is an applied moulding around the base of the cupboard section. The chest of drawers has four drawers in three tiers (two large bottom drawers with two smaller drawers side by side above these); the drawers are mahogany with deal backs; the drawer fronts are bordered with a cock bead and the drawers retain their original brass locks and brass lined key-holes; the turned ebony knobs are later replacements masking single fixing holes for earlier handles; all the drawers are lined with blue paper (see also XF39); the wardrobe has outcurving front feet and serpentine aprons to front and sides.1

The dating of this piece indicates that it might be one that was acquired by Soane in his early married life (he married in 1784), perhaps for his first house in Welbeck Street.

1 The blue lining paper may date from the Soane period. However, there is an entry in the Curator’s Diary for 18 January 1838 for a payment to Hunt and Pink ‘for Morocco paper &c. for lining cases 1s 6d’.

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