IMPRESSIVE PIECE: This cabinet made by well-known master craftsman Geoff Hannah is on show at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.
IMPRESSIVE PIECE: This cabinet made by well-known master craftsman Geoff Hannah is on show at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

Hannah Cabinet on show

A WOODEN cabinet made by well-known Lismore master craftsman, Geoff Hannah, is currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

Mr Hannah has crafted increasingly complex pieces of fine furniture over his 50-year career, with The Hannah Cabinet being his latest and most ambitious creation to date.

His previous two major works grace the residence of the Governor-General in Canberra and a private collection in Antwerp, Belgium.

Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1980, Mr Hannah travelled to England and France to study furniture from the period 1635-1850.

His time on that trip was spent in workshops of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Palace of Versailles in France, as well as an after-hours visit to the Louvre in Paris.

His most recent labour of love was created in 5000 hours over six-and-a-half years.

The Hannah Cabinet was named in honour of his family.

It contains 34 fine timbers and veneers, 17 types of stone, four types of shell and 23-carat gold leaf.

It contains 18 doors and 140 drawers.

The predominant timber used is Brazilian mahogany, with solid ebony columns and 23-carat gold gilding.

The work contains exquisite marquetry of birds and flora, with some of the images clearly viewable and others carefully hidden within the cabinet.

Mr Hannah will showcase The Hannah Cabinet at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Cherry Street, Ballina, on the following dates: November 20, 11am; November 22, 2pm.

For further information, contact the Northern Rivers Community Gallery on 6681 6167.

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