Cabinet

Ref: 1650
  • Designer / Maker

    Manufactured by Collinson & Lock (firm active 1870-97)

    The design attributed to George Lock

    Paintings by Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919)

  • Detail

    Rosewood, with painted panels; brass and glass

    194.4 x 123.8 x 47 cm

    English (London), circa 1875

  • Provenance

    H. Blairman & Sons, 2005; private collection

  • Notes

    The cabinet can be compared to a corner cabinet, with painted panels by Charles Fairfax Murray, exhibited by Collinson & Lock at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, 1876.  For a corner cabinet of identical form, but with carved rather than painted panels, see H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2000), no. 18.

    From at least 1874 to 1878, Murray supplied Collinson & Lock with painted panels to be incorporated into furniture.  Invariably the descriptions are brief: ‘Panels … Goddesses … Seasons … Pipe player and Companion …’ and so on. In total, more than sixty compositions are recorded.  Easier to identify might be ‘Triumph of Venus’ and ‘Helga and Gunnlaug’.  The panels of Lucretia and two virtues, supplied at a cost of £80 are probably those on the Lucretia Cabinet (Detroit Institute of Art).  Another tentatively attributed group are the ‘Cindarella’ panels for Prince Liechtenstein’s cabinet (MAK, Vienna).  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York has four doors by Murray (22.17.4), but these cannot be identified in the surviving lists (John Rylands Library, Manchester, Eng. Ms 1281/460-61).

    The demand for such panels may have not be enormous.  On 12 September 1878, George Lock wrote to Murray: ‘I have pleasure to send you a cheque for £10, but must ask you look upon this as the last advance for some time to come, as we have come to the conclusion that it will be really most indiscreet to and a Sovereign’s worth to our stock for some months’ (Eng. Ms 1281/461.