Inlaid Walnut Cabinet by Gimson

Designed by Ernest Gimson and made in his Daneway workshop.

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Art work details

Year of production :
1904-12
Category:
Small Cabinets and Boxes
Dimensions :
H. 25cm; L. 46cm; W. 23.2cm
Credit Line :
Purchased from Gimson’s executors in 1919

This rectangular cabinet sits on lightly chamfered feet. The decorative inlay covers the entire surface in the manner of the Persian and Indian chests and boxes which Gimson admired. The inlay has been left proud from the surface of the cabinet enhancing the rich texture of the piece. The doors open to reveal two sets of three drawers with ash fronts and brass handles.

Small decorative pieces were often made for exhibitions as well as for commissions. They were eye-catching and potential spur of the moment purchases. They were used to store stationery and notepaper, gloves, handkerchiefs, ties, or jewellery. At Gimson’s Debenham & Freebody's exhibition in 1907 an ebony box inlaid with ivory and palm was on sale for £4.10.0.