King René's Honeymoon Cabinet

Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.


Physical Description

Medium: oak inlaid with other woods, painted metalwork and painted panels
Dimensions: 52.5 in. (height) x 99 in. (width) x 34 1/4 in. (depth)

Production Description

Production Date: 1860-1862
Exhibition History: London International Exhibition, 1862
Intended Context: The cabinet was designed to hold architectural drawings for Seddon's personal use.
Date Commissioned: 1861


Current Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Scholarly Commentary


This inlaid oak cabinet depicting episodes from King René's Honeymoon was a collaborative project, including painted panels by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox-Brown and Val Prinsep. Rossetti's contributions included Music and Gardening, both of which were made into independent works (see the oil painting of Music, and the watercolour of Gardening, both from 1864). Burne-Jones painted the scenes for Painting and Sculpture, while Ford Madox Brown contributed Architecture. The rest of the smaller scenes, representative of the applied arts, were designed by Val Prinsep, including one depicting Ironwork, for which William Morris is thought to be the model. In 1862, the four largest designs ( Music, Painting, Sculpture and Architecture) were transformed into stained glass by The Morris Firm, and are now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.


King René's Honeymoon Cabinet
Copyright: © V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 114.     Image: Rossetti's contribution only.
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    Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , 19.     Image: Rossetti's contribution only.
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