Pair of containers for geographical atlas, Henry Thomas Peters

Henry Thomas Peters (attributed to)


Pair of poplar wall units with mahogany veneer, each with six pull-out drawers with geographic maps signed “J. Andriveau – Goujon, Paris, 1837 “. On the front of each of the drawers there is an inlaid and engraved label with the indication, in French, of the subject represented on the map: in the first one “Maps Monde – Asie – Afrique – Turquie d’Europe – Prussie d’Europe – Allemagne” in the other “France – CB de Bretagne – Italie – Espagne – Amerique du Nord – Amerique du Sud”.
The coping is shaped and carved with leaf motifs and a rose window. The spring mechanisms are made of brass, iron and steel springs.

Dimensions: cm 58 x 69,5 x 12


Historical-stylistic analysis:

This pair of cabinets used as a container for a geographical atlas was part of a library furniture attributed to cabinetmaker Henry Thomas Peters. Of English origin, he transferred his business to Genoa in 1817; he was with Gabriele Capello the cabinetmaker most used by the architect Pelagio Palagi for the works at the Savoy court. For this reason his production is characterized by ornamental motifs derived from the “Palagiano” taste, which in our case we can find in the carving motifs of the cymases of the cabinets, decorated with anthemes and rosettes.

The maps are taken from a collection edited by Jean Andriveau-Gujon. Active since 1836, he was a French map publisher, belonging to the family that owned the brand since 1825. Andriveau-Gujon was the first to produce the maps signed in his name, then passed the management of the company to his son Gilbert-Gabriel who, through the grandchildren, it remained active until the 1890s. These maps are dated 1837 and allow the dating of these two objects to be placed in the early forties of the nineteenth century.


• Noemi Gabrielli, Racconigi, Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino, Torino, 1972;
• Roberto Antonetto, Gabriele Capello “Moncalvo” Ebanista di due re; Umberto Allemandi & C., 2004;
• Antonella Rathscüler, Henry Thomas Peters e l’industria del mobile nell’Ottocento, Il canneto editore, Genova, 2014.

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