Belle Époch Vitrine & Warski of Llandudno.

Tiny proportions, great looks, superb quality of manufacture and a great back story – this little jem of a turn of the century vitrine has it all.

Probably French made c.1890 of mahogany with bird’s eye maple panels, festooned with gilded brass mounts, beedings, cartouche and moldings of a variety of styles and motifs including butterflies and poppy seed heads and featuring a beautifully hand painted panel on the lower cabinet door. With so much fine detail it would be easy to miss the turned columns, the original bevelled glass, the delightful little square legs with brass feet and the marble top to the upper cabinet. A little stunner with an interesting history (see below)
Dimensions: width 26″, depth 15″, height 77″.

The cabinet was purchased locally yesterday, however, the previous owners acquired it when they took over the premises of the jewelers Wartski of Llandudno. Established in Bangor in the 1860’s  by Russian emigré Morris Wartski, the business moved to Llandudno in 1907 and thrived under the patronage of the extravagant Marquis of Anglesey and other aristocratic and celebrity visitors. This was Llandudno’s belle époch hay-day, it was one of the most fashionable resort towns in Britain and Wartski’s were riding the crest of a wave; opening a second shop in Mostyn street and then third in London’s Regent street. So proud were the Wartski’s of their North Wales roots they kept the Llandudno name-check which persists to this day on the sign of their current store in Grafton street in London. Through the inter war years Wartski became best known for striking deals with the Soviet government of Russia which enabled them to become the preeminent dealers of the works of Carl Fabergé. Earlier this year Wartski’s of Llandudno made the wedding rings for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Wartski’s closed their Llandudno branch in the early 1960’s. The cabinet is a splendid artifact from the town’s golden age and who knows what wonderful things it once held.

New Stock – Period Oak.

Two fine new pieces of period oak furniture for the blog today. First up is a good sized 18th.c. oak settle with fine fielded panel back, original throughout.
Dimensions: width 72″, depth 27″, height 43″.

Also new today this superb 18th.c. oak three drawer dresser base c.1780. With pad feet, crossbanded drawer fronts, a shaped apron, original brass and oak drawer linings.
Dimensions : width 76″, depth 18″, height 30″.

Victorian Oak Dining Table & Chairs.

You may have spotted it in the background of recent blog photos but here it is in the spotlight. A good quality Victorian oak two leaf extending dining table plus a fine set of 10 pale oak dining chairs of a similar age in very good condition with clean upholstery. A couple of small marks mean table top could with a little attention to be described as perfect but it is in very good usable condition.
Dimensions: width 48″ length 96″ (including 2 x 18″ leaves), height 30″.

Early 19th.c Oak Press Cupboard.

A fine companion piece to the dresser featured here last week, found in the same property and quite possibly by the same maker. A good early 19th.c. pale oak cupboard or clothes press c.1820. In two pieces with a cupboard top over a drawer base. The top two drawer fronts are dummies to allow greater hanging height. The top retains its original wooden clothes pegs but could of course be fitted with a hanging rail or shelves to make a great kitchen cupboard. Excellent condition, original brass knobs, key supplied.
Dimensions: width 53″, depth 19″ height 77″.

Mysterious Blue

This rustic painted cabinet, new in today, is something of a mystery. It was found in mid Wales but it’s origins are unknown, and why is the carved upstand on the front rather than the back edge of the top? Whatever, its a good practical piece of storage for books or even kitchen ware and the colour and patina on the paint is fantastic.
Dimensions: width 61″, depth 18″, height 34″.

New Stock – Arts & Crafts.

Two good pieces of English Arts and Crafts furniture here, both new arrivals today. A delightful little oak bureau bookcase with glazed top and a really superb oak bedside cabinet with unusual Liberty & Co. style handles. No makers marks but clearly stamped with a Registration number to the door.

Early 19th.c. Oak Welsh Dresser.

Purchased locally and out on the floor this afternoon having been restored in our workshops, a fine example of the classic North Wales cottage dresser. This would have been produced on the island of Anglesey in the early years of the 19th.c. With three drawers above a cupboard base with dummy drawer fronts and well proportioned rack featuring Talwrn pattern inlaid detail to the cornice. Original brass knobs, backboards, floor and feet. Great patina and a lovely warm colour.
Dimensions: width 61″, depth 19″, height 80″.