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Cabinet

Cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bullock, George, born 1782 - died 1818 (designer)
    Bullock, George, born 1782 - died 1818 (cabinet maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rosewood, ebony and ebonised veneer, inlaid with brass, on an oak carcase, with brass mounts and grilles and Mona marble slabs

  • Museum number:

    W.33:1 to 4-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Furniture made by the cabinet-maker George Bullock is recognisable by its distinctive form and mounts, its patterns of inlay, and by his use of Mona marble from his own quarry on the island of Anglesey. There are several versions of this cabinet, made of various exotic and native woods, with different patterns of inlay. Designs for the inlay, grilles and mounts were included in a collection of drawings, Tracings by Thomas Wilkinson from the designs of the late Mr George Bullock 1820, now in Birmingham Museum. After Bullock's unexpectedly early death in 1818, his business was sold and the sale catalogue listed several collections of designs, including, possibly, the Wilkinson tracings. Bullock's designs may therefore have been used by other cabinet-makers.

The raised section on the top of this cabinet was probably intended for a bust or large ornamental vase. Inside, the cabinet is fitted with shelves, which may have been used for books.

Physical description

'Rosewood dwarf cupboard, the centre part enclosed by a pair of doors with contre-partie brass inlay and a shallow drawer above; the sides each enclosed by single doors with brass grilles below original marble tops.' (Transcribed from green catalogue.)

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1815 (made)

Artist/maker

Bullock, George, born 1782 - died 1818 (designer)
Bullock, George, born 1782 - died 1818 (cabinet maker)

Materials and Techniques

Rosewood, ebony and ebonised veneer, inlaid with brass, on an oak carcase, with brass mounts and grilles and Mona marble slabs

Marks and inscriptions

There is a stamp on the lock plate which features a device which is a cross between the aces of spades and clubs, with REG above, and 3 circles surmounted by a line and a W below, within.

IMPROVED 2 LEVER
Marked on lock plate above REGd. W mark

Dimensions

Height: 38.5 in, Width: 53.5 in, Depth: 19.5 in

Descriptive line

Cabinet of rosewood, ebony and ebonised wood, inlaid; made by George Bullock, England, ca. 1815

Labels and date

CABINET
ENGISH; about 1815
Rosewood inlaid with brass, with brass mounts and grilles, with Mona Marble slabs

Attributed to George Bullock (d.1818).

George Bullock, sculptor, modeller, marble mason, furniture manufacturer and designer, moved from Liverpool to London in 1813 and established a business at 4 Tenterden Street, Hanover Square, where he produced furniture, metalwork, chimneypieces, and other articles of decoration. He was a leading exponent of the technique of metal inlay in the style of André Charles Boulle, the famous French 17th century ébénist, and much of his decorative ornament was inspired by British native plants. [pre October 2000]

Materials

Rosewood; Brass alloy; Mona marble

Techniques

Joining; Veneering; Casting; Inlay

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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