Story: Furniture

Anton Seuffert writing bureau

The Viennese immigrant and Auckland resident Anton Seuffert was perhaps Australasia's finest colonial cabinetmaker. The design of this writing bureau, made around 1865, is based on the 18th-century French Louis XV style. It features marquetry in inlaid veneers of kauri, pūriri and rewarewa. The images include a moa beside a tree fern on the central door panel and a Māori man and woman on the two side doors. Although the design is European in origin, the iconography locates the piece firmly in New Zealand.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: PF000079
Object by Anton Seuffert

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How to cite this page:

William Cottrell, 'Furniture - Early New Zealand furniture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 February 2024)

Story by William Cottrell, published 5 Sep 2013