A fine Late Victorian Rosewood antique display cabinet of outstanding quality by Collinson & Lock. The superstructure with a stepped moulded dentil cornice above a frieze inlaid with very fine ivory, marquetry and penwork, decorated with griffin heads and scrolling foliage, above a serpentine glazed door, enclosing a shelved velvet lined interior and flanked by small glazed display cabinets above small niches, finely inlaid with ivory. Raised upon writhen fluted and acanthus sheathed pillars with bevelled mirrored panels to the rear. The projecting bowed breakfront lower section centred by an astragal glazed door, flanked by concave cupboards with dentil moulding, again with ivory foliate scrolls and lines, all raised on baluster fluted tapering supports united by a deep step moulded pedestal. The choice of solid rosewood used is outstanding quality, typical of the reputable cabinet makers Collinson & Lock circa 1880-1890
Condition: This cabinet is in stunning original condition, fully cleaned and waxed
Collinson & Lock were one of the foremost producers of Aesthetic and Art Nouveau furniture in London. A large collection of their work is on display at the V & A museum, including an antique cabinet shown at the 1871 London International Exhibition.
The company was established in the 1860s by F.G. Collinson and G.J. Lock, who worked for Jackson & Graham, a firm famous for its machine-made antique marquetry furniture . This was to become a feature of Collinson & Lock’s own work.
Collinson & Lock produced some outstanding international exhibition pieces. An ebonised antique cabinet, shown at the London International Exhibition in 1871, was purchased for the V & A museum in the same year, other versions being shown in Vienna and America. At the 1878 Paris Exposition, they exhibited a number of Anglo-Japanese pieces by E.W Godwin, their most important designer, leading to international recognition.
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