A George II Elm Corner Cupboard – Part One

Mural corner cupboards survive in their thousands and reflect, in miniature, the styles of the broader spectrum of case furniture of the eighteenth-century; from the earliest wainscot specimens on the walls of manor houses, to sophisticated veneered and cross-grain-moulded walnut cupboards; to the oft blind-fretted, pilastered and dentil-moulded mahogany-veneered representations that hung in the finest drawing rooms of the latter half of the century.

In many households, a corner cupboard would have been the only secure item of furniture in which to keep small necessities and personal items, while in fashionable residences, the corner cupboard attained higher status, often containing fashionable tea, china and associated paraphernalia.

Throughout the century, modest, parallel examples were made across the shires from locally grown timbers (ash, elm, fruitwoods, pine etc.), mimicking the designs and mouldings of their grandiose counterparts.

My lowly cupboard will be made from elm along the lines of the early eighteenth-century cupboard illustrated below. The most striking feature will be the door with its arched, fielded panel, hung on surface-mounted brass H-hinges.

George II mural corner cupboard, circa 1730. (Wakelin & Linfield)

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to A George II Elm Corner Cupboard – Part One

  1. I’m looking forward to the build!

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  2. ecrusch says:

    I can not wait to see your interpretation of this item.
    I have wanted to make a corner cupboard such as this for some time.
    The example in the photo is very nice indeed.
    Thank you.
    Eric

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  3. Shannon says:

    Looking forward to this build Jack. I am building a much simpler style of this form in my Hand Tool School next year. Mine is inspired by a corner cupboard on the wall in the Colonial Williamsburg Shoemaker’s Shop with a 4 raised panel door. I really like the tombstone door on this one and it is making me reconsider my design. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I like frame and panel. Rather than have a radius like a lot of them, I like an modified shaker version a little bit better. The less gap between the outer portions and panel the better. Minimalist I guess you could call it. ;-)

    The grain in the picture is great.

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