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Cabinet
  • Cabinet
    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881
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Cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881 (designer)
    Poynter, Edward John (Sir), born 1836 - died 1919 (painter)
    Harland and Fisher (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, painted and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lt. Col. P. H. W. Russell

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.218:1-1961

  • Gallery location:

    On display at National Trust, Knightshayes Court, Devon

This tall narrow cabinet is one of a pair (Circ.216:1, 2-1961) that the architect William Burges designed to fit into two alcoves in a house belonging to H. G. Yatman. These, together with a third, larger, cabinet also in the V&A collection (Museum no. Circ.217-1961), demonstrate the highly individual Gothic Revival style that Burges developed. He based his designs for the cabinets on the medieval cupboards – architectural in form – that he had seen in the cathedrals of northern France. The top of this cabinet suggests a sloping roof with battlements. The exterior is painted with stencilled decoration. The interior is also painted and gilded; the ceiling has stars against a blue background, above painted arcading.

Burges was one of the most distinguished British architects of the 19th century. He also designed furniture, metalwork and interior decoration, and drew inspiration from the construction and decoration of surviving medieval furniture. The Reverend John A. Yatman, H. G. Yatman’s brother, also had a taste for Gothic Revival furniture, and employed Burges to design his house at Winscombe Hill near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

On loan to National Trust Knightshayes Court.

Physical description

Tall, narrow cabinet on a open four-legged stand supported on a plinth. The front only is decorated; the side and back are plain painted wood. The single glazed door with patterned leading is surmounted by a cresting in the form of a pitched roof with battlements. The front of the cabinet is painted and gilded, with gothic ornament and lettering. The interior has two shelves and is painted and gilded, the inner ceiling with stars on a blue ground above a painted arcade.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1858 (made)

Artist/maker

Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881 (designer)
Poynter, Edward John (Sir), born 1836 - died 1919 (painter)
Harland and Fisher (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, painted and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 224 cm, Width: 56 cm, Depth: 35 cm

Object history note

This cabinet, one of a pair, was commissioned together with a third, larger, cabinet, by H.G. Yatman, an early patron of Burges. The pair of cabinets were designed to fit into alcoves in Yatman's home. The cabinets were fiven to the V&A by Yatman's grandson, Lt Col P.H.W. Russell.

Descriptive line

Cabinet, painted and gilded, one of a pair designed for H. G. Yatman, by William Burges, made by Harland and Fisher and painted by E.J. Poynter, England, 1858.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Painting; Gilding

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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