This is a superb antique Victorian freestanding mahogany sideboard pedestal, the drawer is stamped JOHNSTONE JUPE & CO NEW BOND STREET LONDON 13669, circa 1835.
Johnstone, Jupe & Co. of New Bond Street made furniture from 1835 -1840 then subsequently became Johnstone & Jeans after 1842. The Company were best known for the design and manufacture of metamorphic furniture most notably the ‘Jupe Dining Table’.
The pedestal is of square form with canted corners, with a plinth top over a short drawer and cupboard with adjustable shelves, standing on a plinth base.
In really excellent untouched condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 106 x Width 47 x Depth 47
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches
Mahogany is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Our reference: 07280
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