Designer: John Pollard Seddon, 1839-1921
Manufacturer: Cox & Sons
31 x 42 x 11 inches (79 x 107 x 28 cm)
Mahogany decorated with stencilled and carved floral designs
Illustrated: Cox & Sons catalogue
This piece provides a link between the earlier reformed gothic of Bevan and Seddon and the Aesthetic Movement pieces of the 1870s and 1880s. It is an excellent example of the simple and well-made furniture admired by Charles Lock Eastlake. Cox & Sons, originally ecclesiastical furnishers, developed a range of "artistic domestic furniture" in the 1870s. They employed a number of important designers and architects including B. J. Talbert, C. Rossiter, J. Moyr Smith and E. W. Godwin, as well as buying much of the stock of furniture and designs of E. W. Pugin for the Granville Hotel. Cabinet, a well-known designer who went on to work for the Gorham Manufacturing Co. in America, supplied a page of designs for their 1873 catalogue.
The Fine Art Society Story. Part I. London: The Fine Art Society, 2001. Catalogue number 15.
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