Penwork Cabinet

Penwork Cabinet

Penwork Cabinet.

Beautifully decorated with Chinioserie figures, landscapes and flowers, and containing a plethora of Grand Tour treasures. Lifting the lid reveals a red velvet compartment and original mirror plate. The doors open to reveal five dovetailed jointed drawers, decorated to mirror the exterior, each with a turned bone handle, and containing various treasures from the original owner’s travels. These include: 250 red and black wax intaglios/seals of figures, coats of arms & monograms; rocks, minerals and two Wedgewood tablets; shells, fossils, crystals, unusual rocks and stones, some polished (three with little handwritten labels). Stands on shaped bracket feet. From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, affluent families would send their male offspring on a “Grand Tour” to explore Europe, as a form of higher education in art, history, language, architecture, culture, and literature. It later went on to become popular amongst women, who had not always had the privilege of independence that their male counterparts took for granted, as well as art dealers, artists, designers and collectors.

Circa 1810.