1680 - 1690
2438 x 1422 mmOrder this image
Dyrham, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
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Originally one of a pair, this large and beautiful bookcase may have been designed by Thomas Sympson, master joiner and cabinetmaker to the diarist Samuel Pepys. The glazed doors and carved mouldings of rosettes and acanthus leaves are very similar to the 12 bookcases Pepys commissioned from 1666. This bookcase houses the remains of William Blathwayt’s extensive library including books in Dutch, unusual for collections of this date and reflecting his rare ability to understand the language.
One of two oak book cabinets, glazed doors above and below, the rails carved with acanthus leaves, lunettes and rosettes, turned bun feet. cf. Samuel Pepys book presses at Magdalene college Cambridge by Sympson.