A stunning arts and crafts period mahogany marquetry display cabinet by Shapland & Petter of Barnstaple. The upper section having an arched panelled back with stunning stylised marquetry and abalone inlaid detail. Flanked by twin rectangular bevelled mirrors with stylised slats and having Vosey style capped uprights. The central bow front glazed doors each having twenty one individual hand blown slightly convex glass panels opening to reveal two plate glass adjustable shelves and a silk lined back and base. The end panelled doors also with stunning stylised marquetry, abalone and floral marquetry inlaid detail, enclosing mahogany shelving. Raised on four square chamfered supports with block feet, united by a shaped under tier. The craftsmanship and quality of timber used in this cabinet is of the highest possible standard, the finest quality mahogany has been used throughout, even in the backboards of the cabinet and epitomises the quality of Shapland & Petters work circa 1900-1910
Shapland & Petter antiques range from simple rustic Arts & Crafts furniture to intricate antique marquetry furniture, embellished with the fluid organic designs of the Art Nouveau movement. Their antique cabinets often made use of finely detailed lead glass panels and delicate fruit wood inlays; however, many of these intricately crafted pieces were mass-produced standards.
There were hundreds of these available in their pattern book, inspired by the leading Arts & Crafts furniture designers but with their own unique stamp of individuality. Collectors of Glasgow School Arts & Crafts furniture will recognise familiar motifs like the Glasgow Rose and Baillie Scott’s “twin doves,” while those familiar with C. R. Ashbee antique marquetry furniture will also show many similarities.
Shapland and Petter both died in 1909. However, their factory continued to produce fine furniture for a number of years, often for public commissions. Today, Cumbrian enthusiasts can see Shapland and Petter’s stunning Art Nouveau and antique marquetry furniture on display across the British Isles.
Condition: This cabinet is in stunning condition, cleaned and waxed. Replacement silk lining.
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