Geoff Wonnacott

Wednesday 8:30a-5:30p, Thursday 8:30a-6:30p


Being the focal point of the room, these 17th century cabinets were of great importance, often elaborately decorated in ebony and tortoiseshell, and usually featuring concealed compartments and secret drawers  for precious items. The central architectural ‘box’ typically housed a theatrical or temple-like scene with parquet floor and a mirrored back to enhance the perspective.

This example represents the main central cabinet that stands alone on ball feet. Variations  included ornate galleries with gilt finials, and  arranged on a purpose made trestle style table with bracketed frame on elegantly turned legs.

These cabinets remained portable however, having central ring handles on each end.

From a cutting list of timber and veneer the cabinet will be constructed, the drawers assembled, the fronts veneered using dyed burr veneer (to represent the red tortoiseshell), and banded. The door will be assembled, featuring a central arch and pillars. The parquet floor of the central compartment will be made, and fitted into place along with a backing mirror and the arch. The door will be hinged, and a finish applied, before fitting the brass hardware and ball feet 

Approximate size in miniature 3" w, 1 1/2" h and 1 3/8" d

Completion is likely in class however a detailed booklet is provided to complete the piece at home.

All tools and supplies will be provided however please feel free to bring small tools and any optical equipment you may require.