Oak and Gesso Box by Gimson

Designed by Ernest Gimson who would have also carried out the gesso decoration.

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Art work details

Year of production :
Small Cabinets and Boxes
Dimensions :
H. 22.6cm; L. 45.6cm; W. 22.5cm
Credit Line :
Purchased in 1958

Traces of the design drawn in pencil on the wood can be seen where the gesso has worn.

This is one of two known pieces of furniture designed by Gimson and decorated with gesso (a mixture of plaster and glue). The other piece is a coffer now in the collections of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. Both pieces were in Gimson’s cottage at Sapperton when his widow died in 1941 suggesting that they were experimental pieces – he was trying out this type of decoration.

The effect of the soft-edged gesso decoration is not dissimilar to the white on white embroidery which Gimson liked. He also used the device of overlapping frames as the basis for embroidery, plasterwork and bookbinding designs.