Antique Inlaid Four Door Breakfront Bookcase by Edwards & Roberts 19th C


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Object Description

This is a beautiful antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival top quality flame mahogany and marquetry inlaid four door breakfront bookcase, masterfully crafted in rich solid mahogany by the world renowned London cabinet makers, Edwards & Roberts, Circa 1890 in date.

Inlaid throughout with boxwood, ebony and satinwood stringing, the flared cornice with a continuous Greek key border above a frieze inlaid with roundels and urn filled panels,

This magnificent bookcase features four astragal glazed doors in the upper section enclosing shelves which can all be adjusted according to the height of your books. The lower section has four doors, the centre doors finely inlaid with musical trophies within ornate foliate frames, the flanking panels with floral centres, all of which open to reveal spacious cupboards with shelves. The shelves are all original and the bookcase back is also made from solid mahogany. The shelves in the central section are of solid mahognay, the shelves in the outer sections are also solid mahogany but they are superbly lined in the original gold velvet.

Raised on a skirted plinth and shaped bracket feet there is no mistaking its superb quality and very grand design,which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and stand proud in whichever room you choose to display it.

The right hand centre door bears the ivorine retailer’s label for:

Edwards & Roberts,
Wardour Street, 126 Piccadilly,
532 Oxford Street, London

Complete with working locks and keys.

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 250 x Width 200 x Depth 52

Dimensions in inches:
Height 98.4 x Width 78.7 x Depth 20.5

Edwards & Roberts

The firm Edwards & Roberts was one of the best English antique furniture cabinet makers of the second half of the eighteenth century. The company was founded in 1845 and by 1854 was trading as ‘Edwards & Roberts’, 21 Wardour Street, Antique and Modern Cabinet Makers and Importers of Ancient Furniture’. By 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century.

They became one of the leading London cabinet makers and retailers producing high quality furniture and working in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist. Their business also involved retailing, adapting and restoring the finest antique furniture and there are many examples of their earlier furniture with later embellishments bearing their stamp. The quality of timber used was always the best quality with fine burr walnuts, finely figured mahogany and lighter toned satinwood as they specialised in marquetry, inlay and ormolu.

Flame Mahogany
Thomas Sheraton – 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as “best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed.” Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called “flame mahogany.”

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.

Our reference: A1306

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