Canterbury’s are named such due to the fact that when they were developed in the 1780s in England the Archbishop of Canterbury commissioned one. Canterbury’s are essentially pieces of portable, occasional furniture, consisting of an open-topped rack with slatted compartments, originally for sheet music and music books, though now more commonly used for magazines or newspapers. The canterbury grew increasingly ornate throughout the 19th century: with Victorian pieces often have an upper galleried shelf like this one, and panels shaped like lyres or treble clefs.
Popular in mid-nineteenth century England, bobbin turning showcased the wood turning skills of craftsmen of the era and this piece shows many many individually turned pieces.
In superb condition this is high Victoriana yet somehow ultra modern. Beautifully designed and realised.