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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Ernest Gimson

Gimson was one of the great English Arts and Crafts designers. He was one of several talented individuals who took their cues from William Morris and John Ruskin. Gibson was trained as an architect, but was encouraged by Morris to design furniture. He worked with a superb Dutch emigrant woodworker named Peter Van der Waals.

This particular cabinet has always intrigues me because its style is so forward looking. It was done about 1891, but it could easily be mistaken for Art deco of the 1920’s. The marquetry/ parquetry is a chain mail pattern of interlocking parts. The woods used; palmwood, ebony, and orange wood, These woods have a shifting tonality depending on their orientation.

This cabinet is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

English marquetry
1. Ernest Gimson
2. Cabinet on Stand
3. George Jack secretary
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