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2014/53/1 Cabinet/bookcase, wood / glass, design attributed to George Jack, made by Morris & Company, England, 1884-1890. Click to enlarge.

Cabinet by Morris & Co

This cabinet or bookcase, made by Morris & Company of London, is significant as a fine example of Arts and Crafts furniture associated with one of the founders of the movement, William Morris.

Morris' reaction to the industrialization of England, and his growing view that traditional arts and skills were being lost, permeated not only his designs but also his philosophical and political stance. Going back to an aesthetic based on quality craftsmanship and artistic design as well as practical …


Object No.


Object Statement

Cabinet/bookcase, wood / glass, design attributed to George Jack, made by Morris & Company, England, 1884-1890

Physical Description

Mahogany cabinet/bookcase made in three sections each with panelled glass doors with astragal moulding forming a mirrored ogee shape. The right and left side cabinet sections have two doors with the central section having four doors. The central section projects slightly from the rest of the cabinet (breakfront). Inside each section are a series of moveable wooden shelves. The cabinet is surmounted by a backing board divided into four sections. Miniature carved tapered timber columns and recessed panels mount each end of the upper cabinet.


Pencil marks on rear identifying each section.



1110 mm


500 mm


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Tom & Jenny Barr Smith, 2013

Acquisition Date

11 May 2014

Cite this Object


Cabinet by Morris & Co 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2023, <>


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