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box, fern

Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
  • Other titles
    fern box
  • Description
    box, fern marquetry fern and lattice pattern on lid, marquetry panels around sides in New Zealand native timbers including Kauri, rewarewa and Kohekohe with inlaid designs of rhs makara (true maidenhair) Adiantum aethioium) and lhs filmy fern (hymenophyllum)

    Anton Seuffert (born 1815, Bohemia - died 1887, Auckland, New Zealand) worked in Auckland after his arrival in New Zealand around 1861. His skill, sense of design and proportion made his work highly sought after for important commissions.

    His traditional forms became the base for his elaborate marquetry and inlays of New Zealand native timbers. His use of local flora and fauna as patterns, as well as intricate landscape depictions, becomes the celebrated feature of Seuffert's work. All the fern designs are in such exquisite detail that they are botanically recognizable. The central piece to the inlaid marquetry design is a native filmy fern (Hymenophyllum dilatatum) and a maidenhair (Adiantum aethiopicum) frond.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    F151
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness

Artefact

  • Credit
    collection of Auckland Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1986, F151
  • Notes
    Anton Seuffert’s skill, and sense of design and proportion, made his work highly sought after for important commissions. His boxes became the base for elaborate marquetry and inlays of New Zealand native timbers. The use of local flora and fauna as patterns, as well as intricate landscape depictions, became the celebrated feature of Seuffert's work.

    All the fern designs are in such exquisite detail that they are botanically recognisable. The central piece to the inlaid marquetry design is a native filmy fern (Hymenophyllum dilatatum) and a maidenhair (Adiantum aethiopicum) frond.
  • Production
    Anton Seuffert (cabinet maker)
    Auckland Central
    1860-1887
    Victorian, Contemporary Age, European and British, art and design period
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole height : 175 x 360 x 490mm
      (height 175 x width 360 x depth 490 mm)
    • width : 360mm
    • depth : 490mm
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 02 Furnishings (Category)
    › Household Accessories (Classification)
    › Storage & Display Accessories (Sub-classification)
    › Box, Household (Primary Term)
  • Record created
    1 April 1997

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