Solander boxes were originally designed by Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander (1733-1782) while he was working at the British Museum between 1763 and 1782. It was during this time he accompanied naturalist Joseph Banks on Captain James Cook’s south seas expedition on the Endeavour. This design, with its distinctive collapsible spine, allows for easy access to the contents so reducing the potential for damage as can occur with a standard four-sided box. It has since been adapted throughout the world to provide for the safe storage of works on paper, documents, photographs, plans and rare books.
City Art Depot made-to-measure Solander boxes have an inner lining of archival museum board and an outer covering of strong library buckram to ensure a robust and elegant container.
City Art Depot Solander boxes are used in museums, libraries, galleries and collectors throughout New Zealand.
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