Sparkling under its new layers of French polish this very unusual mid Victorian burr walnut centre or window table c.1860 is fresh out of the workshop this morning and is already turning heads. A real eye catcher with a wonderful shaped and figured top on a turned and carved base of exceptional quality.
Dimensions: width 44″, depth 26″, height 27″.
This stunning Edwardian inlaid satinwood wardrobe is quite simply one of the best we’ve seen. So much great detail to admire here; the wonderful colour and grain of the parquetry door fronts beautifully inlaid with various coloured woods, the attractive shaped and inlaid cornice, the very unusual inlaid trompe l’oeil band across the middle section made to look like carved fluting, the carved bun feet and mahogany linings. With hanging space either side of the bow fronted centre cupboard and chest of drawers. Both doors feature full length mirrors on the inside. Original handles. Excellent condition. Splits into three sections plus top and bottom for ease of delivery.
Dimensions: width 82″, depth 25″, height 86″.
Like the proverbial London bus here is a second good 18th.c. settle which followed Monday’s arrival through the door this morning. This one is in oak and elm with a good high panelled back, great colour and a lift up seat with lots of useful storage space inside.
Dimensions: width 66″, depth 22″, height 55″.
We’ve had this pair of burr walnut drawer pedestals for a little while but we finally got round to giving them a polish this week allowing the superb figuring of those veneers to really sing. A useful pair of drawers, ideal for bedsides, as lamp stands in the living room or as a home for stationery and filing (the drawers will comfortably take sheets of A4 paper). Very good quality and condition with mahogany drawer linings and original knobs.
Dimensions: width 16″, depth 21″, height 34″.
This useful little late 19th.c. pale oak pedestal desk is fresh out on the floor this afternoon having been fitted with a new leather skiver and restored in our workshops. Good quality with hardwood drawer linings and original brass handles. Keys supplied.
Dimensions: width 42″, depth 24″, height 29″.
An unusual new arrival for today’s blog in the shape of this late 19th.c. burr walnut fold over card table with two drawers in the apron. Beautiful top with satinwood detail inlaid into a quartered veneer. Unrestored but in very nice condition and retaining the original maroon baize playing surface.
Dimensions: width 36″, depth 19″, height 29″.
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.
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″.
Photos here of a very useful early 19th.c. two door mahogany side cabinet c.1820 out of the workshops today. Well figured flame mahogany door panels, lovely mellow colour and generously proportioned.
Dimensions: 45 24 33
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″.