A Late Victorian Fiddle back mahogany serpentine cabinet by Maple & Co Of London. The upper section of serpentine outline with chequer band dentil inlaid detail to the cornice and with flowing floral marquetry detail to the frieze. The central serpentine shaped glazed door opening to reveal three mahogany shelves in a silk lined interior, flanked by two concaved glazed panels. The lower section having twin serpentine shaped panelled doors each with a beautiful marquetry inlaid urn, flanked by stunning flame veneered concave oval panels. Raised on six elegant square tapering supports with spade feet united by a shaped under tier. Fiddle back mahogany with boxwood beaded edgings and line inlaid detail throughout, labelled Maple & Co circa 1890-1900
Condition: This cabinet is in stunning condition, re-polished in our warehouse. Re-lined interior
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With a warehouse that was one of the “sites of London”, Maple & Co was once the largest furniture retailer and manufacturer in the world, attracting visitors from near and far. The company was most prolific in the late Victorian and Edwardian era, specialising in fine quality Arts & Crafts Furniture, designed and produced in their own workshops. However, they continued producing fine quality furniture up until the 1980s.
Maple & Co was established by John Maple, a shopkeeper from Horley, Surrey, who later opened a furniture shop in Tottenham Court Road. However it was his son, John Blundell Maple , who made Maples & Co a success. With exceptional business skills, John B. Maple took over the company while still a young man. By the 1880s they were the largest furniture store in the world, exported their fine furniture to every continent.