The Channon Cabinet by John Channon

This cabinet, South German baroque in character, is one of the truly great masterpieces of English furniture.


Mahogany, ormolu mounts & brass inlay
243 x 112 cm
Art Fund grant:
£26,890 ( Total: £211,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Norman Adams Ltd

Not only is the design highly elaborate, but the finest cuts of mahogany have been used and the technical finish is outstanding. There is storage space within the thickness of the doors which is a very unusual design. This cabinet joins a magnificent double serpentine commode. Both pieces stand in the Blue Damask Room, one of the interiors redecorated in festive rococo style by the York school of craftsmen during the 1740’s; its new surroundings therefore provide an ideal setting. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


The Murray family of Ochtertyre, Perthshire; sold Christie's, 1949; Major Arthur Bull; beneficiaries of his estate.

Venue details

Temple Newsam House Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds West Yorkshire LS15 0AE 0113 336 7461

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry is £5)

3 Nov 2015 – 12 Feb 2016
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13 Feb – 30 Oct
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