Art Nouveau Side Cabinet c.1900.

An interesting counterpoint to the Victorian inlaid side cabinet listed earlier today is this unusual English art nouveau version c.1900. Essentially the same piece of furniture in mahogany rather than rosewood but here decorated with art nouveau motifs in beautiful inlay and marquetry work. With good copper handles repeating the pierced canopy, slender turned columns and square legs terminating in a flared foot. Excellent condition, retaining the original velvet lining, bevelled glass and mirror. The central drawer carries the original makers label of T.Winson of Liverpool.  Keys supplied.
Dimensions: width 54″, depth 14″, height 73″.

art nouveau side cabinet

Rosewood Side Cabinet.

New for today this handsome little late 19th.c. inlaid rosewood mirror back display side cabinet. A useful size, just four feet wide, and a very high quality example of the form; with very good inlays, original brass galleries and bevelled glass. Good condition, key supplied.
Dimensions: width 48″, depth 15″, height 75″.

antique rosewood sideboard display

Carved stands.

Photos here of a selection of carved stands currently in stock. Ideal for lamps, jardinieres or for displaying vases and busts or just for filling that awkward corner in a room. Three good late 19th.c. oriental carved rosewood marble top stands (check the ‘other tables’ page on the website for their individual details). Also an unusual 19th.c. triangular walnut three tier stand with carved columns. Of uncertain origin, possibly continental, but carrying a label from Arthur Newbery of Reading, a high end antiques and decorative retailer of the early 20th century. Also pictured here a very handsom unsigned English bronze bust of a boy c.1930.

antique bronze bust

Victorian Burr Walnut Centre Table.

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″.

antique burr walnut table

Edwardian Satinwood Wardrobe.

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″.

Satinwood wardrobe

18th.c. Box Settle.

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″.

antique box settle

Pair Victorian Burr Walnut Drawer Pedestals

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″.

Antique bedside drawers

Small Victorian Pedestal Desk c.1890.

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″.

Antique desk

Victorian Burr Walnut Card Table.

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″.

antique card table

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.

antique French vitrine

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.