Rare ‘Monkey’ Cabinet

Josef Frank
1941

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 ‘Apsk├ąpet (Monkey Cabinet)’. Most likely a special commissioned piece.

H 139.5CM/54.9″
W 121.5CM/47.8″
D 44CM/17.3″

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