Writing cabinet by Charles Robert Ashbee

Ashbee was a principal figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Details

Medium:
Mahogany & white holly
Dimensions:
136 x 103 x 68.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£12,500 ( Total: £50,000)
Acquired in:
1985
Vendor:
Fischer Fine Art

This writing cabinet, designed by Ashbee and made by Guild of Handicrafts members, is one of the most important of his pieces, and of very high quality. The cabinet has large decorative iron strap-hinges across the doors and pierced iron handles and lock plates mounted on vellum. The doors of the upper section open to reveal a contrasting pale interior inlaid with coloured woods in a design of tulips, which contains cupboards and drawers as well as a sliding top drawer.

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Provenance

Bought Vienna Secession Exhibition 1902; Private collection, Vienna 1902-83; bought Fischer Fine Art, London 1983.

Venue details

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Clarence Street, CHELTENHAM Gloucestershire GL50 3JT 01242 237431 www.cheltenhamartgallery.org.uk

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