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A REGENCY OAK DISPLAY CABINET-ON-STAND ENCLOSING A VICTORIAN DISPLAY OF STUFFED BIRDS
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A REGENCY OAK DISPLAY CABINET-ON-STAND ENCLOSING A VICTORIAN DISPLAY OF STUFFED BIRDS

THE CABINET-ON-STAND DESIGNED BY WILLIAM ATKINSON ON 6TH APRIL 1813 THE STUFFED BIRD ARRANGEMENT LATE 19TH CENTURY, LABELLED 'H. WARD (LATE WILLIAMS) 2 VERE ST., OXFORD ST.'

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A REGENCY OAK DISPLAY CABINET-ON-STAND ENCLOSING A VICTORIAN DISPLAY OF STUFFED BIRDS
THE CABINET-ON-STAND DESIGNED BY WILLIAM ATKINSON ON 6TH APRIL 1813
THE STUFFED BIRD ARRANGEMENT LATE 19TH CENTURY, LABELLED 'H. WARD (LATE WILLIAMS) 2 VERE ST., OXFORD ST.'
The glazed cabinet enclosing approximately sixty bird specimens, some named with paper labels on the outside of the glass, the gothic arcaded and panelled stand carved with the Murray star (mullet) within roundels, on block feet, the reverse of the cabinet and stand stencilled with the initial 'P', losses to carving and mouldings, the right hand side of the cabinet lacking glass
88 in. (224 cm.) high; 45 in. (114 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) deep (2)
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William Atkinson's hand-drawn designs 'Sketches for Benches for Octagon Vestibule and Ante Room, Scone' is held in the Scone Palace Family Archive. The designs dated April 6th 1813 include the design for the low benches that remain at Scone and are similar in character to the stand of the present cabinet. The present stand differs from the benches by the inclusion of the Murray armorial mullet and the fact that it is decorated on only three sides. The stools are decorated on four sides.

The cabinet-stand, displaying the Murray armorial mullet (five-pointed star), is further embellished with flowered quatrefoils and cusp-arched frets in the robust baronial antique gothic fashion adopted by the architect William Atkinson (d.1839).

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