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Bullock, George [ULAN info: British sculptor, cabinetmaker, 1777/78-1818]




side cabinet




Rectangular side cabinet of larchwood and ebony with gilt brass mounts and boulle work, and Glen Tilt marble top. Behind double doors the interior is fitted with two sets of six drawers on sliding runners.

Side cabinet of larchwood and ebony with gilt brass mounts and boulle work. Rectangular standing on a low plinth, the top of Glen Tilt marble, bordered on the front and sides with a brass wreath moulding. The two panelled doors each enclose six larchwood tiered drawers constructed with side runners. The doors are veneered with larchwood surrounds and a narrow border of ebony framing a boulle work panel in contre-partie of formal flower with foliage above and below. The corners of each door and of the panelled larchwood sides are decorated with applied brass mounts in the form of a stylised anthemium and scrolling leaves. The plinth is flanked at each side by free-standing turned columns of larch and ebony with bands of boulle work in premiere partie, and applied brass lotus and acanthus leaf mounts. The top of the plinth is decorated with styhlised anthemia in premiere partie boulle work, and the shaped apron and bracket supports are similarly decorated: on the front wtih a central anthemion linked to a floraiated scroll at each end, and on the sides with two floriated scrolls.

Production Notes

Bullock's dates are uncertain; his birth date may be 1782/3.

The cabinet was made for the 4th Duke of Atholl (1755-1830) and is described in Bullock's account dated 12th July 1817 as 'A Cabinet with Drawers of Larchwood the panels of Doors of Brass and ebony two columns enriched with Brass ornaments and Brass wreath moulding round the Top £45./ A slab of Glen Tilt marble at Top 6.2 @ 12/- 3.14. The price of the marble refers to the rough slab not the finished top. Its design and the materials used are closely related to two larger cabinets commissioned by the Duke, probably for Dunkeld, which were delivered in 1818, and survive at Blair Castle, Perthshire.

A design among the 'Wilkinson Tracings' in the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, found by the late Clive Wainwright, Department of Furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, shows the pattern of the boulle work on the doors of the cabinet. It is inscribed 'Mrs Barrows/Oak Book Commode/Pubd. Augt 1816'.

Production Place

London? (place)

England (country)

English (nationality)


height: 87.2 cm
width: 120.4 cm
depth: 46 cm


George III
early 19th Century


circa 1817


bought: Temple Williams, Ltd. 1980-10-13 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

The 4th Duke of Atholl; perhaps his widow as Mrs. Bagshawe, near Stafford; Mrs. C. Adams, probably of Bristol or Weston-super-Mare; Temple Williams, Ltd., Haunch of Venison Yard, Brook Strret, London, W1, from whom purchased.

Purchased with the Gow Fund and contributions from the National Art Collections Fund, and the Regional Fund administered by the Victoria and Albert Museum


  1. label
    Position: back
    Method: printed
  2. label
    Position: between two printed lines on label
    Method: handwritten in pencil
    Content: Mrs. C. Adams 45


  1. (1981) National Art-Collections Fund Annual Report 1980, London [page: 56-7]
    [comments: Publ. p. 57, no. 2838, and see pp. 56-7]
  2. Joy, Edward T. (1980) Identifying a Regency Cabinet, A Recently Discovered Piece by George Bullock, London: Country Life [page: 646-8]
    Source title: Country Life (21 August 1980)
    [comments: Publ. Discussed and illustrated. The author notes that this is perhaps the cabinet mentioned in the Blair accounts on 12 July 1817. See the object's file for a xerox of the account.]
  3. Riley, Noel (1981) Why a fashionable cabinet-maker was forgotten fro 150 years, [page: 84-7]
    Source title: Antique Collector (August 1981)
    [comments: Publ. p. 85]
  4. (1981) Museums Journal, London [page: 223]
    Source title: Museums Journal (March 1982)
    [comments: Publ. p. 223 illustrated]
  5. Collard, Frances (1985) Regency Furniture, Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club [page: 134]
    [comments: Publ. p. 134 top, illustrated]
  6. (1985) Recent acquisitions by the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, London [page: 329]
    Source title: Burlington Magazine (May 1985)
    [comments: Publ. p. 329, fig. 88.]
  7. (1987) National Art Collections Fund Exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, [page: 4]
    Source title: National Art Collections Fund Magazine (Christmas 1987) (1987)
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated]
  8. Tubbs, Vivian (1988) The National Art-Collections Fund at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Eighty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition from 11 April to 19 June 1988, [page: 8]
    [comments: Publ. p. 8, pl. 9]
  9. H. Blairman & Sons Ltd. (1988) George Bullock Cabinet Maker, [page: 69]
    [comments: Publ. but not exhibited, p. 69, fig. 25 in connection with no. 9, pp. 67-71, a pair of cabinets for the Duke of Atholl, see also p. 70, fig. 26, the design for the cabinet with a looking glass above it. The author identifies the Fitzwilliam's cabinet with a third ordered for Blair Castle, for which there is an account dated 12 July 1817, see pp. 69-70. The drawing is among the Wilkinson Tracings at Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.]
  10. (1989 - 90) Treasures from the Fitzwilliam: ''The Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation'', Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: 133]
    [comments: Publ., p. 133, no. 134]
  11. (1982) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Press [page: 94]
    [comments: Publ. p. 94, no. 96]
  12. Sotheby's (1997) Important English Furniture including Property from the Collection of the late Helena Hayward OBE FSA, London: Sotheby's [page: 190] 4 July 1997)
    [comments: Publ. p. 190 illustrated in connection with a comparable commode, lot 107, see pp. 188-90. Estimate £40-60,000; fetched £126,900.]
  13. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 164]
    [comments: Publ. p. 164, illustrated in colour with brief text]
  14. Reade, B (1953) Regency Antiques, London [page: 63-71]
    [comments: Ref. for George Bullock]
  15. Coleridge, Anthony (1965) The work of George Bullock, cabinet-maker, in Scotland: 1, London [page: 249-52]
    Source title: The Connoisseur (1965)
    [comments: Cf. A pair of similar but larger cabinets at Blair Castle, p. 251, figs. 4 and 5.]
  16. Beard, Geoffrey (1986) Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds (Yorks.): W.S. Maney & Son Ltd [page: 126-8]
    [comments: Ref. For biography and work of Bullock]
  17. Levy, Martin (1989) George Bullock's Partnership with Charles Fraser, 1813-1818, and the Stock-in-Trade Sale, 1819, London: Furniture History Society [page: 145-213]
    Source title: Furniture History (1989)
    [comments: Ref. For further information about Bullock]
  18. H. Blairman & Sons (2000) Furniture and Works of Art, Summer 2000, London: H. Blairman & Sons summer 2000)
    [comments: Cf. No. 1, a pair of small cabinets of oak and ebony with Mona marble tops, with a similar design on the doors to that on the Fitzwilliam's cabinet, which is mentioned]
  19. H. Blairman & Sons Ltd. (2003) Furniture and Works of Art, London: H. Blairman & Sons 2003)
    [comments: Cf. No. 4, a smaller cabinet attributed to Bullock, with similar central feature to the plinth, made of laburnam, ebony with brass inlay, and a geometrical interlace on the central door panel. The Fitzwilliam's cabinet is mentioned.]
  20. H. Blairman & Sons (2007) Furniture and Works of Art, London: H. Blairman & Sons
    [comments: Cf. No. 5, a mahogany cabinet with ebony inlay and mouldings, having a shelf above the cabinet and a tall base below; comparable inlaid design on the front door panels based on Wilkinson Tracings (Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery,M.3.74, f. 239)]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.16-1980 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 95835; Input Date: 2003-11-05 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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