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  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brangwyn, Frank (Sir), born 1867 - died 1956 (designer)
    Turpin, Paul (cabinet-makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cherry wood, coloured composition

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Frank Brangwyn RA

  • Museum number:

    W.40:1 to 10-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Frank Brangwyn is best remembered today as a painter but he was also a prolific designer of rugs, textiles, stained glass and furniture. This print cabinet, made for his own use, is fitted inside with seven sliding trays and six pigeon holes. The plainness of the shape and the dominance of its two-dimensional decoration, make it easy to see that the cabinet was designed with a painter's sensibility for framed compositions on flat surfaces.

Its simplicity also recalls furniture design from east Asia, and perhaps Brangwyn intended to suggest the picture was made from oriental incised lacquer (Coromandel lacquer), although the draped figures in the picture look more Caucasian than Asian and the landscape features Italianate temples rather than pagodas. Nevertheless, the inclusion of flamingos and parrots, and the exotic clothes, place the scene in the realms of myth rather than history or geography.

Physical description

Cabinet on stand. The cherry wood stand has a shelf at the bottom and four short straight legs at the corners. Above the stand is a single full-width drawer with two metal ring handles on circular pierced metal plates. The rectangular cabinet has smooth cherry wood sides inlaid with linear patterns in a darker wood, while the front is divided into two doors entirely covered with a design made of coloured composition in imitation of incised lacquer. The decoration shows a design of figures in procession bearing baskets of fruit to present to a seated figure. Behind them is a hilly landscape with temples and trees.The interior of the cabinet is fitted with seven sliding trays below six pigeon holes.

Place of Origin

London (designed)


ca. 1910 (designed)


Brangwyn, Frank (Sir), born 1867 - died 1956 (designer)
Turpin, Paul (cabinet-makers)

Materials and Techniques

Cherry wood, coloured composition


Height: 1730 mm, Width: 1365 mm, Depth: 830 mm

Object history note

The charcoal and water colour design for the decoration of the cabinet doors was presented to Wolverhampton Art Gallery by Frank Brangwyn in 1950/1

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 6/60.

Descriptive line

Cherry wood cabinet on stand with coloured composition decoration on the doors depicting figures in a landscape

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ed. HAYWARD, Helena: World Furniture. (London, 1965), p.231
The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art. 1914, illustrated p.60


Cherry; Composition (material)





Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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