Collection Online
East Indian Satinwood (Chloroxylon swietenia), West Indian Satinwood (Zanthoxylum sp.), (other timbers), glass
209.0 × 122.3 × 46.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bequest of Mrs Stella Hawkes, 1991
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 5
Level 2, NGV Australia
Two parts, upper has tall central mirror flanked by cupboards; lower has central cupboard and drawers.

Arriving in Melbourne at the age of sixteen, William Henry Rocke went on to become the proprietor of the city’s most important furniture importing and manufacturing business. He participated in the great intercolonial and international exhibitions and the elaborate room settings he presented at the 1880–81 Melbourne International Exhibition, of which this cabinet was a part, caused a sensation. The cabinet is in the ‘Old English’ style, one of the many revivalist styles of the Aesthetic movement, and combines elegant inlaid decoration with panels painted by the Scottish-born Melbourne-based artist, John Mather.