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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These corner cupboards were probably made in the 19th century. The marquetry panels on their doors imitate the then highly sought-after style of the 18th-century German cabinetmaker David Roentgen. The cupboards were given to the Museum in 1882 as part of a large bequest from the military tailor and businessman John Jones. Mr Jones had a second pair of corner cupboards in his collection, made in the 18th century to a very similar model and stamped by the Parisian cabinetmaker J. F. Oeben (Museum numbers: 1114&A-1882).

Physical description

Pair of corner cupboards (encoignures), triangular in plan, each standing on three feet with a small prop descending behind the apron mount. Each cupboard has a single frieze drawer above a cupboard door. The cupboard contains a single shelf. The cases are of oak, veneered with mahogany and with marquetry of stained sycamore, burr maple, tulipwood and purplewood. The mounts are gilt brass. The tops are marble.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)


1800-1900 (made)


Height: 83.8 cm, Width: 69 cm, Depth: 43.2 cm

Object history note

This pair of corner cupboards was given to the Museum as part of a large collection bequeathed by the military tailor and businessman John Jones in 1882. Jones' collection comprised 1034 objects (excluding the books). This included 105 paintings, 137 miniatures, 147 pieces of porcelain, 52 bronzes and gilt-bronze objects, 135 pieces of furniture, 109 sculptures, and 313 prints. His collection of books, which numbered around 780 volumes, included the first three Shakespeare folios.

Descriptive line

Pair of corner cupboards, both decorated with a central marquetry panel showing a bird perched in a tree. German or French, 19th-century

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

Huth, Hans, Roentgen Furniture. Abraham and David Roentgen: European Cabinet-makers. London and New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1974. ISBN 0 85667 003 0, fig. 226, pp. 46-7.
Josef Maria Greber, Abraham und David Roentgen, Möbel für Europa. Starnberg, Josef Keller Verlag, 1980, Band 2, figs. 528-9,p. 271
Ramond, Pierre. La Marqueterie. Paris, Editions Vial, 1981, p. 46
Ramond, Pierre. Marquetry. 1st ed. published in English by Taunton Press, 1989. Revised edition, Paris, Editions Vial, 2002, p. 46


Oak; Mahogany; Sycamore; Maple; Tulipwood; Purplewood; Brass; Marble


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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