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Flemish; 17th century. Cupboard-door of oak, consisting of a large panel and plain framework; the panel is carved in openwork with symmetrically arranged leafy scrolls bearing acorns and flowers within a lobed elliptical compartment.
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Object history note
Museum nos. 859-1898 to 908-1898 (along with 909-910 for MET) "the whole of above more or less damaged" were purchased. A memo by Caspar Purdon Clarke, Assistant Director, dated 24/10/1898 on the RF records "When in Brussels recently I visited the Communale Museum and noted a collection of staircase newel posts which had been removed from old houses pulled down by the municipality. These interested me more than any other object in the museum: I therefore made inquiries as to the possibility of purchasing a few examples for our museum and suceeded in finding 3 very fair specimens at a dealers. These had been obtained during the removal of an entire block of houses on the side of the hill leading to St Gudule and the dealer informed me that in a few days he could collect more from other dealers who had purchased them, if commssioned to do so. As the price was exceedingly low I instructed him to obtain as many as possible, knowing that no great quatity could be found. In all he collected 11 separate newels at a cost of 480 francs (£19.4.0). I also selected in his shop 55 pieces of wood carving of various sizes - all very useful in making up small collections for Circulation, costing 150 francs; 2 Gothic panels; 30 frs each; 3 very rich Gothic panels, 225 frs.; an armchair, 60 frs.;and 7 iron wall anchors which form a peculiar feature in the architecture of the north of France ad in Flanders, 45 frs...."
Purchased for 15s. Recieved from Guillaume Pelle et fils (6 Rue Terarken, Brussels). Condition described as 'ornament slightly cracked and chipped'. RP 98771/1898.
oak; Flemish, 1600-1699, pierced
Furniture and Woodwork Collection