'The Evening Cabinet'
Designed by Daniel Cottier (1838-1891)
Manufactured by Cottier & Company (1869-1915)
Provenance- British art market 2018, Paul Shutler 2018, American private collection.
With branches in London, New York, Syndey and Melbourne by the mid 1870's, Daniel Cottier was essentially responsible for exporting the Aesthetic Movement.
For further information on the fascinating Daniel Cottier, see the new publication : Daniel Cottier, Designer Decorator Dealer by Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu and Max Donnelly with Andrew Montana and Suzanne Veldink, published by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2021.
The painted panel features a female figure reclining amongst flora and fauna. A version of this figure can be seen on a painted 3-tile panel produced at the Lyon, Cottier & Co. studio in Sydney (page 174 of the 2021 book). The same figure can be seen on a stained glass design (Private Collection) and on a further tile panel inset in a fire surround in the Cottier-decorated Cairndhu House, Helensburgh, Scotland.
This cabinet also utilises the distinctive 'saucer-turned' legs, a detail that can also seen on our pair of chairs.