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Beckford cabinet is 'fine example'

Beckford's cabinet
Its function was as a display case, for books and small objects
We've asked some of the curators of Bath and Bristol's museums to share with us favourite exhibits from their collections.

Amy Frost from Beckford's Tower and Museum in Bath chose Beckford's cabinet.

After nine months of fundraising, Beckford's Tower and Museum recently bought this wall-mounted cabinet, believed to have been designed by William Beckford and the architect H E Goodridge, for 64,000 and returned it to Bath.

It's a fine example of the taste cultivated by William Beckford and a superb example of his aesthetic ideas as expressed through the furniture, art, architecture and objects he commissioned.

The elegant, Greek revival, cabinet reflects the development of Beckford's taste in the later period of his life while living in Bath.

It also shows the strong connection between the architecture of Henry Edmund Goodridge and items designed to be housed within the interiors he executed for Beckford at Lansdown Crescent and Lansdown Tower in Bath.

Cabinets for Lansdown Tower were designed to function as display cases for items in Beckford's collection, in this instance books and small objects.

They also became part of the larger interior architecture of the rooms, individual elements that were designed to combine with highly polished surfaces of marble or mirror, the rich use of colour and texture and a clever manipulation of natural light.

Beckford's Tower and Museum in Lansdown Road is open from Easter Saturday until the end of October on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 5.00pm. Weekdays by special arrangement. Admission adults 3, children 2.

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