Smoker's cabinet , James Herbert McNair

Photograph of the cabinet, with five drawers

Stained beech and oak, glass and brass
s. in brass t.l.: ‘J. H. McNAIR’
81.3 x 104.2 x 19.0 (38 x 40 15/16 x 7 ½)
Photo: Mark Fiennes Photo Library.
Trustees of the Macaulay Settlement

Arguably McNair’s most audacious achievements in the 1890s were with furniture design.

His unconventional, curvilinear forms, in pieces such as this, align him with emerging continental Art Nouveau to a degree rarely matched by British contemporaries at that date.