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Sideboard - The Woburn

The Woburn

  • Object:

    Sideboard

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1933 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Russell, R.D., born 1903 - died 1981 (designer)
    Gordon Russell Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Joined oak and mahogany or beech; oak, rosewood, elm veneers; silver coloured rustless metal drawer and door handles

  • Museum number:

    W.11:1-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular sideboard with rounded corners and cylindrical feet at front, and square corners with a full-width and full-height board at back; left-hand third houses 5 drawers arranged one on top of the other each with a round silver-coloured rustless metal knob; central and right-hand thirds each house a cupboard with its door hinged on the right and silver-coloured rustless metal knob and escutcheon on the left in the middle. Carcase of oak with oak, rosewood and elm veneers; the sides, back and bottom of the drawers in oak, the drawer-fronts in two thicknesses - the back thickness of beech or mahogany and the front possibly of stained oak - the drawer-front veneered on four faces (oak on the inner face, rosewood on the front and elm on top and bottom).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1933 (made)

Artist/maker

Russell, R.D., born 1903 - died 1981 (designer)
Gordon Russell Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Joined oak and mahogany or beech; oak, rosewood, elm veneers; silver coloured rustless metal drawer and door handles

Marks and inscriptions

Brass plaque screwed to the back edge of the top board of the sideboard and incised in hand writing style 'Gordon Russell ltd.'

Dimensions

Height: 84 cm, Width: 165.5 cm, Depth: 57 cm door closed, Depth: 95 cm door open

Object history note

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 6/28.

Descriptive line

Sideboard, part of 'The Woburn' suite of dining furniture; English; designed by R.D. Russell and manufactured by Gordon Russell ltd., 1933.

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

A similar sideboard illustrated in the 'Design Review' in Architectural Review, December 1935, p.275.
Entry in exhibition catalogue, 'R.D. Russell and Marian Pepler', Geffrye Museum, 1983/4
A similar sideboard illustrated in 'Design for Today II', 1934, p.378.

Materials

Oak; Elm; Mahogany; Beech; Rosewood; Metal

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Veneering

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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