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Plain work basket with hinged lid, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany with fabric pouch and lining, with oval brass key escutcheon, XF7, This image is cropped from larger original image. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly

Plain work basket with hinged lid, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany with fabric pouch and lining, with oval brass key escutcheon

Height: 68.5cm
Width: 50.5cm
Depth: 39.5cm

Museum number: XF7

Curatorial note

The lock is stamped GR Patent lock; small inset ivory disc lettered ‘T’; modern pouch in pleated yellow material bound in matching braid, the interior lined in cotton print fabric; stretchers form a shelf under the pouch (the stretchers have been repaired since 1955).1

This seems to be the item described in the Furniture and Fittings inventory as ‘1 small square lady’s work table with flap top and well (very old)’. It has always been said to have belonged to Mrs Soane, who died in 1815, but there is no archival evidence to support this. The pouch has been replaced at least twice, once by Mrs Daniell in the nineteenth century and by Dorothy Stroud in the 1950s.

1 Inspectress’s Report on Furniture, May 1955, p.2. In her report Miss Stroud notes that this item ‘returned from evacuation in a poor way’ with ‘a broken stretcher and the original work bag missing’.


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