Oak, birch, softwood, metal, glass
248 x 206 x 57 cm
Place of origin
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
A carved oak library bookcase, English, circa 1870. Topped by a moulded cornice carved with egg and dart, and above a foliate scroll-carved frieze centred by a shield. Above three arch-glazed doors, between ends carved with corbels and swags of oak leaves, and enclosing three shelves with scalloped edges. Raised on a base with three foliate-carved short drawers fitted with metal drop handles, and three cupboard doors with moulded edges and conforming carving, between carved uprights. With base moulding and bun feet.
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.