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Chest

1892 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This chest was exhibited in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition at the New Gallery, London, in 1893. The Cabinet Maker & Art Furnisher reviewed the exhibition and praised George Jack's cabinet which was also illustrated in the journal, 'a cabinet in Italian walnut is thoroughly commendable both as regards design, carving, and workmanship.'

The panels were carved separately and later combined by cabinet-maker, William Thatcher, to form a piece of furniture, which explains their disparate subject matter. The inscription along the top and bottom edges of the central panel reads 'Hunting and slaying is my praying, my life is the dove's betraying G. J. 1892'. Birds of all kinds recur in Jack's carving, while the flowers and foliage of the side panels and the gnome in the centre of the lower panels are reminiscent of his textile designs.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Chest
  • Base (Object Component)
  • Drawer (Furniture Component)
  • Drawer (Furniture Component)
  • Keys (Hardware)
Materials and Techniques
Carved walnut
Brief Description
Chest of carved walnut, the chest on low stand with drawers; designed by George Washington Henry Jack; Great Britain, 1892
Dimensions
  • Height: 106.5cm
  • Width: 145.5cm
  • Depth: 65cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
British Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Paris, 1914 No. 194 PAVILION DE MARSAN DU LOUVRE EXHIBITIONS BRANCH, BOARD OF TRADE 25 Broadway, LONDON SW Received from George Jack Esq 24 Station Rd Church End Finchley, N. 1394 Cabinet in Italian walnut 1395 Carved panel Date 2nd Aprl 1914 Signature Spillmann Returned 1918-19 (Printed paper label, with ink and pencil script, stuck onto the left hand side of the interior of the cupbard on the left)
Gallery Label
CHEST ENGLISH: 1892 Designed and carved by George Washington Jack (1855-1932) Probably made by Morris & Co., London Walnut Given by Miss Margery Jack, daughter of the designer This was shown in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition of 893 and is inscribed 'Hunting and slaying is my praying, my life is the dove's betraying G.J. 1892'. Jack, though born in New York, spent his life in England and was in Philip Webb's office from 1880 to 1900. Not only an architect, he also designed in several media for Morris and Co. from about 1880 until 1896 and was a talented wood-carver. Another piece of his furniture is shown nearby.(1993)
Credit line
Given by Miss Margery Jack, daughter of the designer
Object history
The chest was shown in the fourth Exhibition of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society at the New Gallery, London, in 1893. The Cabinet Maker & Art Furnisher reviewed the exhibition and praised Jack's cabinet which was also illustrated, "Mr George Jack, whose name in earlier exhibitions generally appeared in conjunction with that of Mr. William Morris, has done not a little to put good furniture in evidence at the New Gallery. No. 93, a cabinet in Italian walnut (Fig, 9 in these sketches) is thoroughly commendable both as regards design, carving, and workmanship. The two first are Mr. Jack's own work, and the credit of the latter belongs to Mr. W. Thatcher."The Cabinet Maker & Art Furnisher, No. 161, Vol. XIV, November 1893, "Pen and Ink Notes - Oddments from the Arts and Crafts", p. 117. Jack's cabinet was also praised in The Studio, " At the opposite end of the pole stands Mr. Jack's chest, which in more conventional fashion relies upon its carven richness for its beauty, nor would it be easy to find an example of modern work which has more truely and less servilely caught the spirit of dead and gone craftsmen." (Vol. II, page 18, illustrated page 13).
Summary
This chest was exhibited in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition at the New Gallery, London, in 1893. The Cabinet Maker & Art Furnisher reviewed the exhibition and praised George Jack's cabinet which was also illustrated in the journal, 'a cabinet in Italian walnut is thoroughly commendable both as regards design, carving, and workmanship.'



The panels were carved separately and later combined by cabinet-maker, William Thatcher, to form a piece of furniture, which explains their disparate subject matter. The inscription along the top and bottom edges of the central panel reads 'Hunting and slaying is my praying, my life is the dove's betraying G. J. 1892'. Birds of all kinds recur in Jack's carving, while the flowers and foliage of the side panels and the gnome in the centre of the lower panels are reminiscent of his textile designs.
Collection
Accession Number
W.33:1 to 5-1972

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record createdJuly 26, 2001
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