A stunning Late Victorian Period mahogany serpentine antique display cabinet by Maple & Co. The upper section of serpentine outline having a broken swan neck pediment and Greek key moulded detail, with a satinwood banded frieze, above a central bowed front glazed door which opens to reveal a silk lined and shelved interior. Flanked by further concave glazed panels. the cabinet is made entirely from solid fiddleback mahogany with satinwood cross banded detail. The lower section again of serpentine outline having a solid mahogany top cross banded in satinwood. The central bow front section having three mahogany lined drawers with classical brass swan neck handles and cross banded in satinwood, flanked by two concave panelled doors. The doors having stunning flame veneered oval panels, cross banded in satinwood and opening to reveal a shelved interior. The ends again in fiddleback mahogany and raised on six elegant square tapering supports with spade feet. The locks are all stamped VR indicating that this piece was made in the Late Victorian Period circa 1900. The choice of fiddleback mahogany throughout this piece showing the true quality you would expect from the makers Maple & Co. English circa 1900
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.
Condition: This cabinet is in stunning condition. Re-polished in our workshops. Re-lined in watermark silk.
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