Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,431 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 41 items
  • 10,030 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 7,439 items Explore
  • 4,898 items Explore
  • 71 items Explore
  • 122 items Explore
  • 9,470 items Explore
  • 13,011 items Explore
  • 4,336 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 41 items
  • 5 items
  • 127 items Explore
  • 2,039 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,683 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,209 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,811 items Explore
  • 960 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,281 items Explore
  • 410 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 8 items
  • 17,151 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 134 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 109 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 896 items Explore
  • 810 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 6 items
  • 24,445 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,355 items Explore
  • 1,509 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 191 items Explore
  • 7,751 items Explore
  • 8,917 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,726 items Explore
  • 5,439 items Explore
  • 4,062 items Explore
  • 936 items Explore
  • 898 items Explore
  • 3,133 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,275 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 313 items Explore
  • 725 items Explore
  • 834 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 1,024 items Explore
  • 1,010 items
  • 89 items
  • 124 items Explore
  • 6,263 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 24 items
  • 58 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,841 items Explore
  • 1,331 items Explore
  • 70 items
  • 43 items
  • 18,498 items Explore
  • 1,086 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 761 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 822 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 2 items
  • 278 items Explore
  • 2,344 items
  • 2,501 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 3,683 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 29,686 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,067 items Explore
  • 235 items Explore
  • 7,528 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 720 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 156 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,354 items Explore
  • 820 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 19,678 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 2,110 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,018 items Explore
  • 57 items
  • 419 items
  • 3,280 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 446 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 20 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 114 items
  • 273 items
  • 764 items
  • 718 items
  • 1 items
  • 341 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,349 items Explore
  • 711 items Explore
  • 5,852 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 5,042 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,272 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,304 items Explore
  • 9,171 items Explore
  • 6,976 items Explore
  • 179 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 981 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,920 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 2 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 192 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,485 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 696 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 115 items
  • 3,346 items Explore
  • 12,479 items Explore
  • 2,728 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,216 items Explore
  • 34 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,325 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 12,589 items Explore
  • 3,294 items Explore
  • 2,004 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 162 items
  • 35,640 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 21,433 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 29 items
  • 64 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,564 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,108 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 3,908 items Explore
  • 859 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 198 items
  • 621 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 2,056 items Explore
  • 1,521 items Explore
  • 14 items
  • 1,800 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 73 items
  • 699 items Explore
  • 2,923 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 9,667 items Explore
  • 20,684 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,188 items
  • 178 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 80 items
  • 10,074 items Explore
  • 3,542 items Explore
  • 2,612 items Explore
  • 4,669 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 57 items
  • 6,354 items Explore
  • 4,052 items Explore
  • 449 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 2,234 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,275 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 32 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 353 items Explore
  • 5,403 items Explore
  • 8,946 items Explore
  • 1,854 items Explore
  • 3,592 items Explore
  • 3,331 items Explore
  • 8,830 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,527 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,952 items Explore
  • 617 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 16 items
  • 141 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 72 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 455 items
  • 2 items
  • 1,000 items
  • 3 items
  • 3,561 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,309 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 10 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,994 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 9,990 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 2,006 items
  • 5,096 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,350 items Explore
  • 1,346 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,538 items Explore
  • 15,861 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 41 items
  • 5,405 items Explore
  • 7,530 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 21 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,005 items Explore
  • 245 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 423 items
  • 166 items Explore
  • 7,527 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,632 items Explore
  • 6,605 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 2 items
  • 548 items Explore
  • 325 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 11,431 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 5 items
  • 3 items
  • 314 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 3,368 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,244 items Explore
  • 2,214 items Explore
  • 714 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,081 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 251 items Explore
  • 59,019 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,628 items Explore
  • 2,595 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 3,149 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 15,564 items Explore
  • 5,120 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 627 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 3 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 334 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,067 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 713 items
  • 46 items
  • 8,468 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 17 items
  • 1,038 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 52 items
  • 14,286 items Explore
  • 90 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 547 items Explore
  • 1,641 items Explore
  • 896 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Hardwick Hall's so-called 'du Cerceau' Cabinet - circa 1570

after Jacques Androuet du Cerceau

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1570

Materials

Carved and painted walnut and oak, parcel-gilt and marble-inlaid, on an oak carcase, with gilt and silver paintings on leather

Measurements

237.5 x 140 x 40.8 cm

Place of origin

Paris

Order this image

Collection

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 1127743

Summary

A rare carved, painted, parcel-gilt and marble-inlaid oak and walnut cupboard, with gilt and silver grisailles on leather, probably Paris, circa 1570, incorporating motifs after designs of Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau (1510 - 1584), probably at Hardwick before 1601, but possibly previously at Chatsworth. Compressed wood shavings also used as decoration. Of architectural form, and topped by a broken pediment between urns on pedestals, all above a further pediment formed from a reticulated arch and a niche cupboard door, carved with military trophies and beneath an applied giltwood sea monster (possibly later or re-located), flanked to either side by a figural term, and two further bays filled with monochrome paintings of gilt and silver grisaille on leather of Mars and Minerva, each above a shelf (also later) supported on a profile term of a winged woman or harpy with a lion's paw foot, all flanking a drawer carved with a mask between drapes above a cupboard door carved with a large foliate roundel. Raised on probably later paw-carved sledge feet. Decorated in colours (much of which appears to be original) and with further decoration of inset marble plaques and faux marble painted areas. Elements of decoration, i.e. to either side of the pediment above the central niche, lacking. .

Full description

Usually identified with 'a Cubberd with tills Carved and guilt, a Carpet for it of needlework with gold fringe lined with Crimson taffety sarcenet' in the inventory of 1601, but this is doubtful, as the cabinet's drawers are not its most prominent feature, and it is too high to accommodate a decorative carpet. The harpy terms flanking the cabinet's base are clearly derived from a du Cerceau plate. Other similarities between this cabinet and the 'sea-dog' table [NT 1127744], such as the carving to the central drawer front, suggest that both may have come from the same source. Possibly Mary, Queen of Scots, in the charge of the Earl of Shrewsbury between 1568 and 1584, was involved in their acquisition. Virtually all of the motifs on the cabinet can be paralleled in prints by Du Cerceau. Dendochronological analysis published in January 2016 found that French oak (both slow and fast growing) which cannot have been felled before 1540 was used in the construction of this cabinet.

Provenance

By descent until, following the death of Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895 - 1950), Hardwick Hall and its contents were accepted by HM Treasury in part payment of death duties and transferred to the National Trust, in 1959.

Makers and roles

after Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, designer

References

Jervis, Simon Swynfen, 'Furniture at Hardwick Hall - I' in Hardwick Hall: A Great Old Castle of Romance, eds., David Adshead and David Taylor (2016), 90 - 95 Boynton and Thornton 1971 Lindsay Boynton and Peter Thornton, ‘The Hardwick Inventories of 1601’, Journal of the Furniture History Society, Vol.VII, 1971 , p. 27 Bostwick, 1995: David Bostwick. “The French walnut furniture at Hardwick Hall.” Furniture History 31 (1995): pp.1-6. Erlande Brandenburg et al. (2001), Hugues Sambin: Un createur au XVI siècle (vers 1520 - 1601), Paris (2001) Jourdain 1927, Margaret Jourdain, 'French Renaissance Furniture at Hardwick Hall', Country Life, April 30th 1927, lv - lix. National Trust (Great Britain), Hardwick Hall., 1994, p. 70

View more details