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Early 19th C Ceylonese Indo-Dutch Satinwood and Ebony Cabinet

A fabulous exhibition quality early 19th century Ceylonese Indo-Dutch solid satinwood and ebony cabinet. Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Circa 1830. A stunning and rare Dutch Colonial satinwood cabinet / armoire with ebony carved detail. The solid ebony shaped cornice over carved frieze above two solid finely figured satinwood gadrooned panelled doors flanked by twisted columns terminating on carved hands, centred by a carved fretted ebony relief. The lower section having a scalloped ebony waist with moulded edge over three solid ebony frieze drawers with decorative and detailed carved fronts each having a central brass lock. The conforming base with twin doors having a central lock to the right hand door and ebonised turned handles. Both sets of doors open to reveal a fitted shelved interior with the whole being raised on a shaped apron and turned ebonised feet. In excellent condition with an amazing natural colour and patina having been wax polished. Supplied with working keys for the doors and keys for the drawers. The Mughals popularised furniture in India but the concept of conventional furniture was promoted through the influence of the Portuguese and the English East India Company after they entered our shores from 16th C onwards. The Dutch & French were also influential in bringing about a revolution in cabinet making in the years to follow. As a result, a number of European styles combined with Indian motifs & designs came into being leading to the birth of fusion styles such as Anglo Indian, Indo Portuguese, Indo Dutch and so on. Initially, the colonial masters made furniture by commissioning Indian carpenters under the supervision of their own expert cabinet-makers to make replicas of pieces that were used in their home countries. The carpenters were allowed a slight bit of creative freedom to add Indian motifs to make the pieces look more ornamented. As you can see this cabinet is of Dutch influence with the Indian cabinet-maker adding his own motifs, the carved hands to the top and bottom of the columns being very much an Indian style along with the style of carving to the fronts of the drawers. Satinwood and Ebony being a local timber, the Ceylonese cabinet-makers used these timbers with great affect as can be seen on this piece, with the cabinet being almost an exhibition piece, showing off their skills and local timbers. Extremely popular in the 19th Century these items of furniture have carried on their popularity into the 21st Century. Sought after by collectors and designers this is a very rare and exceptional quality cabinet.Read more

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Late 19th Century Finely Carved Eagle Head Walnut and Leather Desk Armchair

A finely carved and extremely good quality walnut vase back armchair / desk chair with leather drop in squab and eagle head terminals. English Circa 1890-1900. A fine example of excellent craftsmanship from the 1900s, this chair has been designed to be on display as well as being a practical chair which would have been used in the study or the drawing room. Often found placed to the side of an important piece of furniture in a hallway, living room and also a library room. Of superb proportions and very well drawn this elegant armchair has been carved to the highest standard from solid walnut in the manner of George I. The domed back with central carved shell motif and vase shaped backsplat are joined by serpentine arms finishing on scrolled eagle head terminals with feather decoration. The drop in squab covered in a tan leather hide enclosed by bowed moulded frame and supported by ornately carved cabriole legs with carved shell to the knee terminating on ball and claw feet. In excellent condition having been fully restored using traditional methods with no breaks or repairs and structural sound this fine armchair / desk chair could grace any home. As can be seen in the images this has a London depository label 'J. MAY'S DEPOSITORY,/Offices: S. Howland St./TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD W./ & 156 FARRINGDON ROAD E.C. Please note this is a desk chair of solid dense walnut timber (very heavy) indicating it would date to the late 19th century rather than later 20th century chairs which can be seen. The design and carving is of the finest quality. Dimensions Seat height 19 1/4 inches - 48cm Seat width 19 1/2 inches - 49.5cm Seat depth 17 1/2 inches - 45.5cmRead more

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Irish George II Style Mahogany Concertina Action Card Table By Howard & Sons

A superb Irish George II style Serpentine mahogany concertina action card table of excellent colour circa 1900 stamped by the famous 19th Century cabinet makers Howard and Sons of Berners Street, London. The solid Cuban mahogany top of serpentine form having shaped outset circular sections to the front with a carved foliate relief edge which opens to reveal the original green baize lined playing surface having four candle plates and sunken counter wells. The frieze retaining a serpentine fronted drawer with gilt Rocco swan neck handle and cockbeaded edge having a Howard and Sons makers plate to the inside inscribed Howard and Sons Ltd 25. 26, 27 Berners St, London W and an inventory number stamped to the top 3253 9381. The front cabriole legs typically of Irish form having beautifully carved lions mask and trailing foliate to the knee whilst having a pronounced bend to the ankle just above the ball and claw foot. A good ball and claw carved foot should always look as if the claws are really tightly grasping the ball as in this instance. This table has the rare and sought after concertina action where the rear legs are joined by a solid piece of polished timber which pulls out with a double hinged action to form a table with legs to each corner, this also has a shaped mahogany slide to the base which pulls back to lock the legs in position. This was always the most complicated and more expensive action which results in a far more stable table when opened and also more attractive therefore highly desirable. This is a fantastic quality and extremely attractive card table being made to the highest standards as you would expect from a cabinet maker such as Howard and Sons. It is of Irish form, Cuban mahogany timber used, serpentine , has a concertina action and by one of the best cabinet makers of the 19th Century , all of these attributes are rare and desired by the discerning individual and private collectors alike. It nice to have all of them in one piece. Offered in excellent condition having been restored in a traditional manner and wax polished having a striking Cuban mahogany grain and patina. Throughout much of the 18th century, Irish furniture was stylistically very different from English. Low relief carvings on the aprons of tables included festoons, winged birds and rosettes. Goblin heads, scallop shells and lion masks were often depicted, and on the cabriole legs of table and chairs, acanthus leaves were caved alongside the masks. Some furniture took on an almost animal nature with muscle or a fetlock being carved above the paw or claw feet; hairs and muzzles were carved in detail. The lion mask, a motif used from antiquity as an emblem of strength, courage, and majesty, was not necessarily realistic, sometimes described as Bacchic with bunches of grapes and often with "human" features, in particular the eyes, reminiscent of paintings such as the Carpaccio St Mark's Lion in Venice, or drawings by Albrecht Durer. Howard & Sons History. Established in 1820, John Howard set up business at 24 Lemon Street, London. By 1854 he had acquired premises at 22 & 36 Berners Street and from there built a reputation as one of the leading firms of Victorian cabinet makers and worked alongside Gillows. At the 1862 International Exhibition (The 3rd World Expo) Howard and Sons entered a suite of library furniture for which they won a prize. They also went on to exhibit at the Paris World's Fair, called an Exposition Universelle twice; once in 1878 and again in 1900. Also at the Exposition Internationale d'Anvers 1894 (International Exposition/World Fair Antwerp). Winning Prizes at them all including 1 silver and 2 golds. They also employed their eclectic styles working for many important clients providing furniture for important houses such as Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire, Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire and Stokesay Court, Shropshire.Read more

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Exhibition Quality 19th Century Ormolu Mounted Amboyna Shaped Cabinet

An exhibition quality 19th Century ormolu mounted amboyna and ebony shaped side cabinet on tapering legs circa 1860. This superb cabinet being finely decorated with ebony beading and stringing having a raised upper section with a pierced brass gallery surround above a pair of amboyna veneered and ebony inlaid doors which open to reveal a fitted shelved interior. Each door having a recessed panelled edge with ebony surround flanked by a pair of bowed doors being pleated fabric lined and brass grilled which again open to a shelved interior. The lower section having a central ormolu mounted frieze mahogany lined drawer flanked by two bow-shaped drawers each being hinged to the sides. Below which are a pair of recessed glazed doors and baize-lined pull-out slide with gilt knob handles above a shaped apron. To either side of the recess are tapering turned columns decoratively inlaid with ebony stringing having a pair of conforming cupboards in-between another pair of identical columns. The whole standing on finely turned and tapering legs decorated with ebony inlay. Offered in excellent condition having been gently restored using traditional methods and supplied with a working key. The quality of this cabinet is not to be underestimated and although unsigned would have been made by one of the finest Victorian cabinet makers, most probably the likes of Gillows or Lamb of Manchester. This is an extremely fine, very rare and of exhibition quality cabinet that will grace any home. The veneer used is amboyna which is normally only used as an inlay or for decorative panels on furniture due to it being such a rare and expensive exotic wood. The name is derived from Ambon Island in Indonesia, where much of the figured wood is believed to have been initially exported. Amboyna is still among the most expensive and sought-after of all burl woods today. This cabinet comes apart in two sections for ease of transport.Read more

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