Cape Grace shares the stories of the Cape through its amazing collection of 300 pieces of original antique furniture and artefacts, all made or used locally.
A crafted artefact is more than an object with a function; it is a document illuminating the aspirations, inspirations, dreams, skills and craftsmanship not only of the craftsman, but of the communities they served.
Should you happen to take the elevator to the 4th floor of Cape Grace you will come face to face with an object from history that has its own story, told on a little brass plaque.
This is what it says…….
Stinkwood Rococo Display Cabinet 1780
This display cabinet belonged to Herbert Baker. He received it as a gift from Cecil John Rhodes. After Groote Schuur was destroyed by a fire in 1896, Rhodes commissioned Herbert Baker to design the Premier building on the estate. It was completed in 1899. The armoire stood in Baker’s office while he worked on the design project. Two inscriptions, “Groote Schuur 1st Contract” and “Groote Schuur 2nd Contract” are on the inside of the two drawers.