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The Robinson Crusoe Sideboard by Garrard Robinson

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Created by Garrard Robinson who is considered by experts to be an icon of Victorian furniture

Key Features

  • Created by Garrard Robinson who is considered by experts to be an icon of Victorian furniture
  • Breathtaking relief carving detailing the events in Daniel Defoe's acclaimed novel Robinson Crusoe
  • Upper panels portray the shipwreck of Crusoe and the retrieval of goods and provisions from the sea
  • Lower panels show Crusoe hunting, carving a primitive calendar and his discovery of Man Friday
  • Circa 1862
  • 109 wide x 33 1/2 deep x 84 1/4 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    109 Inches
  • Height:
    84 1/4 Inches
  • Depth:
    33 1/2 Inches
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
Garrard Robinson
1834-1891 English

The Robinson Crusoe sideboard was created by Garrard Robinson and is considered by furniture experts to be an icon of Victorian furniture. Exhibited at the London International Exhibition of 1862, this important English oak sideboard proved to be among the most spectacular works showcased at the event. The commentator of the Art Journal Catalog of the Exhibition proclaimed that "Few objects in the Exhibition attracted more attention than the "Robinson Crusoe Sideboard...The carved panels picture leading incidents in the ever-famous story: they are exceedingly well executed; and certainly the work merits the very general popularity it undoubtedly obtained."

Garrard Robinson demonstrates his most meticulous work in this fine showpiece. The sideboard exhibits breathtaking relief carving detailing the events in Daniel Defoe's acclaimed novel Robinson Crusoe. The attention this masterpiece garnered at the Exhibition propelled Robinson into the international spotlight. The son of a blacksmith, Robinson attended the Newcastle School of Design. At the age of 14 he apprenticed to Thomas Hall Tweedy, then the most famous wood carver in all of Great Britain. It is widely accepted that a majority of Tweety's finest works were from the hand of the talented young Robinson. In fact, Tweety showed four examples of Robinson's work at the 1862 Exhibition under T.H. Tweety of Newcastle-on Tyne, which included this remarkable sideboard.

The Robinson Crusoe sideboard is pictured in The Catalogue of the International Exhibition 1862, by EP Publishing Limited, 1973, page 278.

Circa 1862

The novel Robinson Crusoe was first published in 1719 and is a highly regarded piece of English literature. Often considered the first novel written in modern English, the book is a fictional autobiography of the title character, an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote island, encountering savages, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. Garrard Robinson captures the significance of this literary classic through his depiction of the key events in the story. The upper panels portray the shipwreck of Crusoe and the retrieval of goods and provisions from the tumultuous sea. The lower panels show Crusoe hunting, carving a primitive calendar and his discovery of Man Friday.

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