Doorcase, from the Great Drawing Room

Doorcase, from the Great Drawing Room

Doorcase
From the Great Drawing Room, Norfolk House
Carved and painted pine
Giovanni Battista Borra (designer) and  Jean Anthoine Cuenot (carver)
England
1756
Museum no. W4-1960

Norfolk House was the London home of the Duke of Norfolk and was situated at 31 St. James Square, London. The building was pulled down in 1938, but the Music Room from it has been reconstructed in the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This doorcase, featuring monkeys, comes from the Great Drawing Room, the grandest of a suite of entertaining rooms at Norfolk House. The monkey design echoed monkeys shown in the French tapestries which decorated the walls.