Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 32 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,443 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 41 items
  • 10,024 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 7,427 items Explore
  • 4,913 items Explore
  • 71 items Explore
  • 124 items Explore
  • 9,431 items Explore
  • 13,011 items Explore
  • 4,336 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 5 items
  • 127 items Explore
  • 2,039 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,683 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,172 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,810 items Explore
  • 960 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,279 items Explore
  • 408 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 8 items
  • 16,892 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 2 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
  • 832 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 23,952 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,352 items Explore
  • 1,506 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 191 items Explore
  • 7,650 items Explore
  • 8,917 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,732 items Explore
  • 5,411 items Explore
  • 4,030 items Explore
  • 943 items Explore
  • 911 items Explore
  • 3,090 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,174 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 313 items Explore
  • 726 items Explore
  • 845 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 1,088 items Explore
  • 1,004 items
  • 89 items
  • 124 items Explore
  • 5,915 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 24 items
  • 58 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,841 items Explore
  • 1,311 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 18,443 items Explore
  • 1,099 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 955 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 311 items
  • 820 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 279 items Explore
  • 2,261 items
  • 2,503 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 3,684 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 29,685 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,065 items Explore
  • 197 items Explore
  • 7,410 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 724 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 156 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,182 items Explore
  • 820 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 19,175 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 1,999 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,018 items Explore
  • 57 items
  • 419 items
  • 3,280 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 443 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 20 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 114 items
  • 272 items
  • 764 items
  • 718 items
  • 1 items
  • 341 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,349 items Explore
  • 698 items Explore
  • 5,852 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,998 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,271 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,306 items Explore
  • 9,171 items Explore
  • 6,770 items Explore
  • 183 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 981 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,919 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 192 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,485 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 20 items
  • 696 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 115 items
  • 3,197 items Explore
  • 12,475 items Explore
  • 2,732 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7,980 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,312 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 12,566 items Explore
  • 3,294 items Explore
  • 1,977 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 162 items
  • 34,607 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 634 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 21,270 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 16 items
  • 29 items
  • 64 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,560 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,108 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 3,825 items Explore
  • 859 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 195 items
  • 882 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 2,058 items Explore
  • 931 items Explore
  • 14 items
  • 1,800 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 73 items
  • 699 items Explore
  • 2,872 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 9,540 items Explore
  • 20,433 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1,187 items
  • 170 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 80 items
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 9,989 items Explore
  • 3,527 items Explore
  • 2,616 items Explore
  • 4,669 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 57 items
  • 6,345 items Explore
  • 4,029 items Explore
  • 460 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,883 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,280 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 353 items Explore
  • 5,402 items Explore
  • 8,908 items Explore
  • 1,828 items Explore
  • 3,270 items Explore
  • 3,331 items Explore
  • 8,819 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,524 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,866 items Explore
  • 615 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 16 items
  • 141 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 72 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 1 items
  • 458 items
  • 11 items
  • 1,000 items
  • 3,563 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,309 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 43 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,987 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,017 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 9,989 items Explore
  • 779 items Explore
  • 2,007 items
  • 5,097 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,335 items Explore
  • 1,338 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,540 items Explore
  • 15,850 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 41 items
  • 5,410 items Explore
  • 7,530 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 21 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,906 items Explore
  • 248 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 423 items
  • 166 items Explore
  • 7,445 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 21,498 items Explore
  • 6,593 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 2 items
  • 557 items Explore
  • 325 items
  • 3 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 11,116 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 5 items
  • 4 items
  • 314 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 3,305 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 27 items
  • 1,244 items Explore
  • 2,213 items Explore
  • 720 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,081 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 58,278 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,628 items Explore
  • 2,596 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 3,108 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 15,328 items Explore
  • 5,119 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 658 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 330 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,067 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 713 items
  • 46 items
  • 8,386 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 17 items
  • 1,038 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 52 items
  • 14,293 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 547 items Explore
  • 1,641 items Explore
  • 893 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Cabinet on stand

Category

Furniture

Date

Unknown

Materials

Black lacquered box with gold inlay

Measurements

1720 mm (H)970 mm (W)525 mm (D)

Order this image

Collection

Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Snowshill Manor, South West, National Trust

NT 1331891

Caption

Charles Paget Wade’s fascination with objects of craftsmanship started with this cabinet.

Summary

Buddhist Shrine Cabinet of black lacquer with gold decoration. It features two doors and multiple drawers, some hidden into the decoration. The cabinet sits on a plain black stand with shaped stretchers, bun feet and fretwork brackets. This cabinet is known as 'Grannie's Cabinet as it belonged to Charles Paget Wade's Grandmother Katherine Blanche Spencer (nee Bulwer). It had great sentimental value to Charles and is often seen as the inspiration for Charles Wade’s collection. In his notebook ‘Days far Away’ (SNO.MISC.958) Wade describes his Granny Spencer’s house (Katherine Blanche Bulwer) and includes the following references to the cabinet. 'Hidden away in the darkest corner of the room was affine tall 18th cent. Secretaire with curved pediment above its glazed doors – this had belonged to the great, great grandfather Dr. Augustine Bulwer, D.D'. (Page 15) On additional pages 19-24 Wade describes the cabinet, and the weekly tradition of opening it in more detail. He includes detailed sketches of the cabinet and its 'magic key'. 'Facing the piano was an exceptionally lovely old Chinese CABINET of black and gold lacquer. This was always my greatest joy. Its fascination never failed – to me it was never a piece of furniture but a Heavenly, Celestial Palace of Far Away – Cathay. Only on Sundays were the doors allowed to be set open – as they opened came the fragrance of Camphor, then the interior of this Enchanted Golden Palace was revealed. A palace fit for the greatest MANDARIN. How it enticed one to enter, and wander about its many different levels, set with COURTS, PAVILIONS, mysterious deep arched recesses, sliding screens, grilles, steps, with columns of such rich glowing gold. How I longed to be allowed to stand on a chair, so be able to see into all its innermost recesses – the whole reflected many times in the mirrors set each side in the Fore Courts. It was all so very high up, so far off and difficult for me to see. There were exciting Secret Drawers hidden away behind the little Pavilions, which Granny would occasionally reveal. The cabinet was filled with interesting old Family Treasures – these I loved to be shown and told about. There was a little wax angel, with golden wings, from a Christmas tree when granny was a child. Two musical boxes which played airs with notes like ripples and clear cascades of falling water. A little bone model of a ‘Spinning Jenny’ with two little bone ladies. Two small models of rowing boats. The great, great grandfather’s compass (sic) of pinchbeck in its red leather case. His case of beautifully shaped drawing instruments and his silver spectacles in Shagreen case. There were painted snuff boxes, old jewelry (sic) and a cherry stone with an ivory stopper containing a set of minute silver spoons. These drawers of shells, polished stones, coins, butterflies and moths. Assuredly, it was the most wonderful cabinet that ever was. The proportions too, are everywhere exactly right, as is the balance of black and gold in its decoration. I know of nothing with such an enchanting Fairyland atmosphere, made in any other land but CHINA. How delightful are the fantasies of the little drawings upon the lacquered panels. Pavilions, Pagodar (sic), Rivers, Rocks, Bridges, Steps, Boats, Islands, Steeping Stones, Birds, Mountains, Pine Trees, Willows, and ways to faraway Lands. A delightful delicately pierced valence is carried across the top of the cabinet, tying the whole design together. This cabinet made in Canton – 1700-1710 – was given to my grandmother when she was 18 by her Father [Augustine Bulwer] who bought it at Norwich. No drawing can convey its fascination’. (pages 19-24) The exterior has a second decoration painted over the original. The left hand side was cleaned off by Charles Paget Wade's Grandfather. In the centre at the back are two long vertical inscriptions of felicity and prosperity'.

Full description

Wooden, black lacquered cabinet, lacquer cracked . Gold paintings of various buildings, boats, birds, trees, insects, flowers on the two doors and the two sides. Floral motif in gold around the edges. Ornate brass lock plate, engraved with a floral design, attached with small brass pins. Ornate brass pin hinges, two per door. Insides of doors have gold paintings of bamboo, birds and bridges. Interior of cabinet contains gold painted fretwork frieze, pillars and balustrading. Two long drawers across the bottom with painted trees and buildings. Each has a central brass lock plate and brass handles each side. Two small drawers side by side above the long ones, also with painted trees and buildings, central lock plate and handle. Above them, one small drawer each side of the main platform. They have small handles, painted with trees and buildings and a geometric pattern around edges. Central, at the back of the main platform are 4 small drawers, painted as before, each with a small central knob. The top section has a small display platform each side, with gold pillars at corners and two moveable gold balustrades - one front and one side. The cabinet sides are mirrored. Fretwork sliding screens at the back can be slid across to the centre. Behind them are removable boxes like miniature cabinets, complete with balustrade front and ornate fretwork. Behind them are 3 small drawers. Beneath them are two long drawers and two small drawers each with small knob handles and painted as others. The central part is open. On the back are two painted inscriptions and between them a miniature painting of a landscape. In front of that are pillars and balustrading, and beneath the platform a drawer shaped like a four-tread stair, with a small drawer each side. Each side of the open centre is an arched opening with a balcony on top. Strung across the ceiling is a small metal chain. . Fairly plain black stand with shaped stretchers, bun feet and fretwork brackets.

Provenance

CPW item 23 Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.

References

Wade, c.1945: Charles Paget Wade, Days Far Away, c.1945 Wade, 1944: Charles Paget Wade, Contents of Snowshill Manor. Volume 1 Ground Floor, 1944, page 88

View more details