This is a gorgeous antique Victorian burr walnut pierced and carved enclosed Canterbury circa 1870 in date.
The grain of the burr walnut is truly beautiful.
It features a hinged top opening to a divided interior. The sides are fitted with fret carved decorative panels and it sits on trestle supports fitted with brass and white porcelain castors
Antique Canterburies are extremely sought after and this item would be cherished by any collector of antiques. Used to store sheet music in Victorian times, today it can also be used to store magazines and newspapers.
There is no mistaking its quality and unique design, which is certain to add a special something to your home, wherever you choose to place it.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 53 x Width 52 x Depth 40
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches
Canterbury is a piece of portable, occasional furniture, consisting of an open-topped rack with slatted compartments for sheet music, music books, magazines or newspapers and often a drawer underneath as well; rests on four legs, which are typically on casters.
It was developed in the 1780s in England (reputedly deriving its name from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who commissioned one), it grew increasingly ornate throughout the 19th century: Victorian pieces often have an upper galleried shelf, and panels shaped like lyres or treble clefs.
Burr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.
Our reference: A2821