Photograph of Mrs Campbell's sideboard, 1906
Reference Number: 1/1-016283-G
A richly carved wooden sideboard Photographed by Frank J Denton in 1906.
Tesla Studios :Negatives of Wanganui and district, Reference Number PAColl-3046 (428 digitised items)
Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Glass negative. Single negative
Historical Notes: The sideboard depicted here is the work of a pretty good amateur carver, probably Mrs Campbell herself. She probably also made the hammered metal hinges and lock plates. 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. The carving on this item is an ecclectic combination of renaissance designs popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and typical of the ready made patterns illustrated in the "do it yourself" manuals.
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