A mid to late 19th century display cabinet together with a relating swatch of fabric samples
Lot 956
A mid to late 19th century display cabinet together with a relating swatch of fabric samples
Sold for £916 (US$ 1,477) inc. premium

Lot Details
A mid to late 19th century display cabinet together with a relating swatch of fabric samples
Constructed from printing blocks employed by the Grant family company of fabric printers (see footnote), of overall arched form, the pair of panelled doors with glass panelled upper sections, containing a shelved interior, the swatch contains 36 samples of colour printed fabric (cotton) in cloth backed gold enbossed semi-stiff covers, and is dated 1864 in ink on the upper cover, 10cm x 6.5cm. 198cm high x 93cm wide x 25cm deep.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    By family descent from previous marriage into the Grant family.

    The Grant family, which hailed from Scotland, were among the first Calico printers.

    The two Grant Brothers have been immortalised by Charles Dickens as the Cheeryble Brothers.
    Unforgettable characters they were indeed, Charles Dickens who had heard reports of their distinguished careers and generosity and who is said to have met them at a dinner party in Manchester in 1839. His observant eye saw them as the perfect models for two famous characters, the very exemplary brothers Charles and Ned Cheeryble in his novel, "Nicholas Nickleby." Perhaps the greatest tribute ever paid to them is to be found in Dickens’ preface to that book:
    "It may be right to say that there are two characters in this book which are drawn from life …. Those who take an interest in this tale will be glad to learn that the Brothers Cheeryble do live, that their liberal charity, their singleness of heart, noble nature and unbounded benevolence are no creatures of the author’s brain, but are prompting every day some munificent and generous deed in that town of which they are the pride and honour. May, 1848."

    As pioneers in the art of printing on linen, the cupboard has been constructed from printing blocks, the fabric from which is contained in the book which resides with the cupboard.
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