Rare ‘Monkey’ Cabinet
Brand: Svenskt Tenn
Model No. 1140. Designed c.1941. Mahogany, printed paper, oak frames. With 40 unique colour engravings of monkeys, from Comte de Buffon’s classic work ‘Histoire Naturelle’. Provenance: Home of the family of the businessman and financier Axel Wenner-Gren. The parents acquired the cabinet from Svenskt Tenn in c. 1941, shortly after their marriage. History: Documents in the Svenskt Tenn Archive show: ‘Cabinet with copper plate – Model no. 1140. Oak strips around each copper plate.’ ‘Buffon’s natural history, the ‘Apskåpet (Monkey Cabinet)’. Most likely a special commissioned piece.