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Side cabinet: M.15-1980

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Attributed to Jackson and Graham (Manufacturer)
Attributed to Jones, Owen (Designer)
Chubb (Locksmith)


Side cabinet veneered with macassar ebony inlaid with marquetry of various woods and ivory, with central cupboard monogrammed HAB with B doubled, two narrow cupboards, and bow fronted glazed cupboards at either end containing display shelves.


History note: Sold Sotheby's, Belgravia, 12 March 1980, English Furniture and Works of Art . . ., p. 30, lot 225; sold for £4,000 to Phillips and Harris, 54 Kensington Church Street, London, W.8, from whom purchased.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cunliffe Fund, with Grant-in-Aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a contribution from the Pilgrim Trust.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 57.2 cm
Height: 103 cm
Length: 240 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1980-07-01) by Phillips and Harris


Circa 1870 CE - Circa 1875 CE


The designer, writer and architect Owen Jones was an early advocate of flat, stylised ornament instead of naturalistic flowers and foliage. Travelling in Spain and the Middle East he developed a love of Hispano-Mooresque decorative motifs, which he popularised in his patternbook, The Grammar of Ornament (1856). He was a prolific designer of wallpaper, carpets, textiles, metalwork and tiles for a number of commercial firms. From the 1850s Jones designed furniture for the luxury cabinetmakers Jackson and Graham, often with an elaborate inlaid ornament in the Grecian style like the symmetrical palmettes seen here. The monogram on the door is probably that of Henry Arthur Brassey, with the B doubled for symmetry. Jones did work for him, both in his town house in Park Lane, now demolished, and his new country house, Preston Hall, in Aylesford, Kent. Brassey (1840-1891) was a great benefactor of Aylesford, restoring the church and bell tower there, and building a school.

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Components of the work

Veneer composed of macassar ebony Inlay composed of thuya palmwood purpleheart ivory Exterior

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Inlay Glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: HAB with the B doubled
  • Location: Door of central cupboard
  • Method of creation: Inlay
  • Type: Monogram
  • Location: Locks
  • Type: Serial number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-1980
Primary reference Number: 95831
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 June 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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