Ref: 1826
  • Maker

    Attributed to Collier & Plucknett (partnership 1869-circa 1880)

  • Detail

    Oak, with ebony columns and inlay; brass handles

    166 x 81.5 x 54 cm

    English Leamington Spa), circa 1880

  • Marked

    The Chubb locks numbered 768136 and 768317 (delivered in London, December 1879)

  • Provenance

    […]; acquired by John Bonython, 1974, and by descent

  • Literature

    Elizabeth Aslin, Nineteenth Century English Furniture, London: Faber and Faber, 1962, fig. 90 (for a roll-top desk from the collection of Lord Wraxall at Tyntesfield, Somerset)

  • Notes

    John Bonython notes on a card pinned to the upper drawer: ‘High Victorian Oak Whatnot.  In the style of Bruce Talbert. cf (also) the desk at Tyntesfield Illustrated in Elizabeth Aslin’s Nineteenth Century English Furniture. 1962.’

    There are several examples of furniture by Collier & Plucknett at Tyntesfield (now a property belonging to the National Trust).  Of particular relevance is a chest of drawers (NT 10616), which is clearly by the same hand as our étagère: