Before conservation, our tortoiseshell cabinet was displayed stacked on top of another piece of furniture with a small oak box on top of it.  Examples of similar cabinets still in existence tell us that originally the tortoiseshell cabinet would have stood alone and had its own stand.

The tortoiseshell cabinet before conservation

The tortoiseshell cabinet before conservation

 

As part of this project, the Museum took advice from the team at Tankerdale and from expert Dr Adam Bowett to commission a new stand for the cabinet.  It is made from ebonised pear wood and has the correct proportions to recreate the effect of the original stand.

Tortoiseshell cabinet back in the Cottonian Gallery post-conservation

Tortoiseshell cabinet back in the Cottonian Gallery post-conservation

 The stand and cabinet are now on display in the Cottonian Gallery.