This charming mahogany glass and wood bow fronted display cabinet, from Shapland and Petter, was sent it to Barnebys to be valued.

49867_20160412162802_0 Shapland and Petter mahogany display cabinet, circa 1905, inlaid with mixed woods and mother of pearl with stylised sinuous floral and heart design.

With a stylized curving floral and heart design, finished with a delicate inlay of mother-of-pearl and mixed woods, Director and Head of Design at Mallams Auction House, Philip Smith, noted the piece is a “good example of a crossover piece between Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts,” which exhibits “many technical techniques being explored at the turn of the century”.

Ticket designed by Walter Crane for The Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society, 1890 Image via V & A Museum Ticket designed by Walter Crane for The Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society, 1890
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The Arts & Crafts style emerged from a desire to return to craftsmanship and the organic, as nature-inspired design was becoming lost in the industrial revolution. Art Nouveau had aims to incorporate style and beauty into every day life, concerned with how functional objects could be seen as decorative works of art. One of the most famous names attached to Arts and Crafts, was William Morris who famously instructed: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Both movements were at their peak during the turn of the 19th century and both were wide-ranging, far reaching philosophies that still influence us today.

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Smith continues - “Around this period Shapland and Petter were seen as one of the leading exponents of inlay technique in Edwardian furniture and they supplied many of the leading retailers including Liberty & Co.”  Philip estimates the piece to be worth around £800-1200.

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