This superb late 19th.c. rosewood vitrine or display cabinet c.1890 is new on the floor this afternoon. Of exceptional quality with spectacular inlays, unusual carved feet and original throughout. Beside it are a collection of late 19th.c. urn stands; two in carved rosewood with marble tops, the other being a rare example in bronze. Also shown here is a very attractive reduced burr walnut coffee table with ebony detail in the manner of Lambs of Manchester.
Another of this morning’s new arrivals was this good honest mid 18th.c. oak gateleg table c.1750. Good thick top on attractive turned legs and featuring a single long drawer. A useful size – easily seating 6 people – and in good unrestored condition, unusually retaining its original feet.
Dimensions: width 18″/57″, depth 48″, height 29″.
A new arrival today is this delightful little early 19th.c. mahogany writing bureau c.1820. Excellent quality timber and original brass. The real highlight however lies inside with the beautifully fitted interior of drawers, pigeon holes and secret compartments. It has gone straight into the workshops for restoration. I shall post again when it emerges.
Dimensions: width 38″, depth 21″, height 42″.
A good looking and very useful piece of period oak for today in the shape of this rare late Georgian oak kichen cupboard. Produced in mid wales c.1800, with panelled oak doors and sides and original oak shelves and floor boards. Lots of practical storage space plus a drawer in the waist. Excellent colour and condition. Key supplied. Splits into two sections for ease of delievry.
Dimensions: width 47″, depth 18″, height 78″.
Edwardian oak arts and crafts style bookcase c.1910. The flared cornice, original patterned leaded glass and oversized hinges are all typical of the style. With adjustable solid oak shelves in the top and a useful blind two door cupboard in the base. Excellent condition, key supplied.
Dimensions: width 40″, depth 11″, height 77″.
Forgive the slightly rushed post. Lots more new stock in this morning and we seem to have spent most of the day finding homes for it all. Georgian mahogany serving table, early 19th.c. Welsh dresser base, fine collection of antique copper including a splendid large chocolate pot, delightful breakfront display cabinet of unusually small proportions, a large four seater blue leather chesterfield, a four door mahogany sideboard and an attractive oak drawer leaf refectory table.
New for today; a pair and a single stack (with drawer base) of the classic office bookcase by the American firm Gobe Wernicke. In oak, freshly restored and repolished in our workshops. As their slogan ‘Always complete but never finished’ implied, Wernicke’s modular system meant more stacks could be added endlessly to accomodate growing collections of books or files. Their patent ‘lift and slide’ glass door is widely acknowledged as an early classic of modern design.
Pair oak wernicke bookcases (three stacks). Dimensions: width 34″, depth 11″, height 47″. £945.
Single oak wernicke bookcase (three stack plus drawer in base). Dimensions: width 34″, depth 10″, height 42″. £495.
As a bit of a change from the usual blog fodder I thought I’d show you these three watercolours purchased locally last week. Two of which are contrasting views of the city of Liverpool.
First is a veiw of Liverpool town hall in its late Victorian / Edwardian pomp by British watercolourist Frank Rousse (exhib. 1897 – 1917). The city is shown bustling with elegantly dressed people and horse drawn traffic. Lots of great costume detail – I particularly like the smart looking gent in the foreground who seems to be tipping his hat to us as he strides purposefully down the street. Clearly signed in the lower left corner. Mounted and framed to 15 “x 19”.
Meanwhile at the other end of the social strata and probably somewhere down near the river the Liverpool artist Charles Arthur Cox gives us this rare view of life among the city’s warehouses. Flat bed carts pulled by pairs of powerful cart horses are loaded and unloaded whilst a flock of chickens peck about looking for scraps. Signed and dated 1877 in the lower left corner. Mounted and framed to 20″ x 25″.
Lastly is this very attractive sunny scene of market day in Abbeville in Northern France. Painted in a loose impressionistic style by Charles John Watson (1846-1927). Clearly signed, dated and inscribed in the lower left corner. Presented in the original frame. 12″ x 16″.
It needs a fair bit of attention but I still think this 1930’s Art Deco dining suite has got real style. Six chairs, dining table and a matching sideboard in pale birch and bird’s eye maple. Some damage to the veneers but in solid and usable condition. Purchased locally yesterday.
Perhaps the most OTT of last week’s new arrivals was this early 20th.c. Italian carved and gilded salon suite. Comprising a good sized three seater sofa plus four generously proportioned armchairs. Good deep carving and mellow gilding. Recently upholstered in a well chosen fabric, clean covers in very good condition.
Dimensions: Sofa – width 69″, depth 22″, height 40″. Armchairs – width 29″, depth 25″, height 39″.