An early 20th century ebonised hanging display cabinet,
Lot 246
Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), attributed, commissioned for Lambay Castle An important mahogany and lacquer wall display cabinet
Sold for £10,800 (US$ 18,134) inc. premium
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Lot Details
Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), attributed, commissioned for Lambay Castle
An important mahogany and lacquer wall display cabinet
The moulded cornice with cushion frieze over characteristic round arch astraglazed central panel, flanked by angle doors revealing a scarlet interior, on moulded base,
109cm x 147cm

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Family tradition indicates that this cabinet was commissioned by Hon. Cecil Baring (Lord Revelstoke) for Lambay Castle near Dublin, which was re-modelled by Lutyens between 1905-1908. It was intended to house his collection of Apulian pottery. Subsequently gifted by Lord Revelstoke to Susan Reid and placed into sale by her descendents in Phillips, Edinburgh, 1st November 1990, lot 461. Hence by family descent, the purchaser to the present owner.

    As well as strong circumstantial evidence suggested by provenance, this cabinet displays many characteristics associated with other pieces of furniture designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

    Eg. 'The Hudson Cabinet' sold by Messrs. Sotheby's, 4th June 1987, lots 162-163.
    Together with his predilection for the use of lacquer:
    See: Hayward Gallery Exhibition. Catalogue 1981/82 "Lutyens: The Work of the English Architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944)", Exhibition No. 482, Hall Table, Chandelier: Witch's ball in red lacquer cage; and others.

    Moreover the use of the round arch in this cabinet is mirrored in so much of his architecture;
    See: "The Lutyens Memorial, The Architecture of Edwin Lutyens" by A.S.G Butler, Vol.I, plates 10, 32, 33 and 109.

    Also to note is the stone door surround moulding at Lambay Castle and the door designs at Castle Drogo which appears identical to the moulding on the cabinet.

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