This is a large and impressive English antique Edwardian satinwood and hand painted bow-front wardrobe, circa 1900.
It is of Neo Classical design and is beautifully painted, in the manner of Angelica Kauffman with a basket of fruit, musical trophies, cherubs a maiden with a harp seated on a cloud and ribbon and floral swags,
The central section has a cupboard doors that open to reveal a cupboard with two shelves above three capacious drawers. It is flanked by two doors, each opens to reveal a cupboard with hanging space, and the inside of the doors are fitted with mirrors.
It is surmounted with a beautiful shaped and moulded cornice which is decorated with painted swags and flowers and it stands on elegant splayed bracket feet.
It has it’s original brass handles, working locks and keys.
It is a truly beautiful wardrobe which is also very spacious.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 240 x Width 195 x Depth 65
Dimensions in inches:
Height 94.5 x Width 76.8 x Depth 25.6
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 – 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as “Kauffmann”, Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 07300