FURNITURE

A small number of pieces of furniture are displayed in the Western Art Galleries. Highlights include an elaborately carved Parisian cabinet-on-stand made of ebony and dated 1643, a Florentine pieta dura medal cabinet, the Prioress’s Tale Wardrobe, painted by Edward Burne-Jones and presented to William Morris on his wedding in 1859 and the magnificent Great Bookcase, designed by William Burges and painted by 14 different artist between 1859 and 1862.

Nicholas Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 1540 to the Present Day, 3 vols., Oxford, 1992

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