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Photograph of items of carved wooden furniture, ca 1905

Reference Number: 1/1-010492-G

A group of pieces of carved furniture. Included are hanging cupboards, a clock case, a chair, a sideboard, fire sceen, bellows, barometer case, and small tables. Photographed by an unknown photographer in about 1905.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Decoration and ornament, Handicraft, Furniture, Edwardian, Wood-carving and Furniture.

Part of:
Photograph of items of carved wooden furniture, Reference Number 1/1-010492-G (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Glass negative. Single negative

Historical Notes: The furniture depicted here is probably the work of a well trained carver rather than products of a commercial workshop. The items have been grouped outside a private house, so that this photograph has a message that "this is all my own work" about it. From the 1880s handcrafts became a new interest for middleclass women, in particular. In New Zealand woodcarving was a core subject in the new design schools set up in the 1870s and 1880s. It was taught in secondary school art classes, and "do it yourself" books published in Britain and America were available in New Zealand. With repousse metal work, and embossed leather work, wood carving was one of the most widely practiced crafts from 1880s to the 1940s. This group of items illustrate relief carving in variations of the popular renaissance style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, examples of the ubiquitous grape vine pattern, and chip carving which can be seen on the doors of two of the hanging cupboards

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