This is a spectacular antique late Victorian mahogany and floral marquetry serpentine shaped wardrobe bearing the engraved brass plaque of the renowned cabinet maker and retailer Edwards & Roberts, circa 1880 in date.
It is inlaid with a beautiful marquetry of scrolls and foliage in satinwood with crossbanding in ebony and boxwood, is fitted with it’s beautiful original Adam style brass handles and has the original working locks and keys.
The wardrobe is a beautiful serpentine shape with a decorative swan neck cornice. It has a central section which comprises a door with a bevelled mirror plate that opens to reveal a large cupboard with brass hanging rail. It is flanked on each side by a serpentine door with floral marquetry over a pair of serpentine fronted drawers. Each door opens to reveal a cupboard enclosing shelves with a brass hanging rails above.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 234 x Width 216 x Depth 67
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 feet, 8 inches x Width 7 feet, 1 inch x Depth 2 feet, 2 inches
Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street London. By the 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 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.
Edwards & Roberts specialised in marquetry, inlay and ormolu.
Marquetry is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
Our reference: 07090c
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