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Title: Burges escritoire

Object Name: desk & escritoire

Artist/Maker: Burges, William
Role in production: Designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1865 - 1867

Accession Number: 1979.132
Location on Display: First floor: Pre-Raphaelites
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Purchased

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • wood
  • pine
  • mahogany
  • brass
  • cabinet making

Painted wood escritoire with brass fittings and ceramic tiles. The architectural design influenced by French Gothic styles with its gabled roof and arched recess. Painted decoration includes two central allegorical figures representing Historia (history) and Poesia (poetry and five men representing the five occupations in medieval society: a peasant (Rusticu), a knight, king and bishop, and mercator (a merchant).

The cabinet also deals with the passing of time, featuring a boy with his tutor (left hand side), an adolescent, a man in the prime of life (virilitas) and an old man. The mounted clock has the Latin inscription "The clock warns of the passing of time, let everything that is written beneath it, Be an offering to the peace of God"


Type: Whole
Height: 257.8 cm