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Cabinet
  • Cabinet
    Russell, Sir Gordon, born 1892 - died 1980
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Cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1927 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Russell, Sir Gordon, born 1892 - died 1980 (maker)
    Russell, Sir Gordon, born 1892 - died 1980 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut, oak ,bog oak, mulberry, mahogany, burr elm; joined, stained, veneered

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.428:1-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Writing cabinet on a stand; the stand of walnut with two sets of four spiral fluted legs square sectioned towards the bottom; each set of four legs is joined by four stretchers tenoned in at square section level, the two inner back legs also joined to each other by a stretcher; each set of four legs supports a single drawer either side of a central rounded kneehole arch; the drawers of mahogany with walnut fronts veneered in a pale wood with a border of dark wood, the drop handles of silver with Birmingham hallmark for 1927; the cabinet also of walnut with two rows of square burr elm panels set into the drop-front (four panels in top row - two either side of the central chased silver lock plate with design of rose bush and the date C.MCMXXVII - five panels in bottom row); each panel with a border made up of square blocks of mulberry with the corner bosses in stained oak; the drop-front opens to reveal a leather-covered writing surface, a door and drawer-fronts in yew with box and laburnam inlay and bog oak handles; the hinge inside the drop-front stamped 'LYGON'.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1927 (made)

Artist/maker

Russell, Sir Gordon, born 1892 - died 1980 (maker)
Russell, Sir Gordon, born 1892 - died 1980 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Walnut, oak ,bog oak, mulberry, mahogany, burr elm; joined, stained, veneered

Marks and inscriptions

'LYGON' - stamped on the hinge inside the drop-front; label on underside of right drawer of stand, typed list of materials; maker's mark 'R+S: Russell & Sons'.

Dimensions

Height: 136 cm, Width: 101 cm, Depth: 45.5 cm closed, Depth: 99.5 cm with fall-front open

Object history note

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 6/15.

Historical context note

This cabinet, along with other pieces made by Sir Gordon Russell before 1930 show the influence of the Cotswold school of makers who were in turn influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. It is representative of the firm's output before they started to use laminated board and some mass production elements.

Descriptive line

Writing cabinet on a stand; walnut, mahogany, mulberry, burr elm and oak; designed and made by Sir Gordon Russell; England, 1927

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

Illustration of cabinet in Furnishing Trades Organiser, May 1925, p.265

Materials

Walnut; Oak; Mulberry; Burr elm; Bog oak; Silver; Mahogany

Techniques

Staining; Chasing; Veneering

Subjects depicted

Rose bush

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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