Arts & Crafts Period Oak wardrobe & dressing table by Shapland & Petter of Barnstaple. The wardrobe with a deep overhanging moulded cornice above a central arched bevelled mirrored door, flanked by twin panelled doors each with wonderful copper heart shaped strap work hinges, opening to reveal hanging rails and brass hooks and with beautiful stylised marquetry detail to the panels, which is repeated on the two rectangular drawers to the base. Raised on a shaped solid oak plinth. The matching dressing table having a central bevelled mirror flanked by solid oak uprights with jewellery drawers and beautiful Art Nouveau inspired stylised tulips. The solid oak top of serpentine outline and three storage drawers again with Art Nouveau inspired inlaid detail. Raised on square tapering supports united by an H stretcher. English circa 1900
The Shapland and Petter factory was established by cabinetmaker Henry Shapland (1823 – 1909), following a trip to America in 1848. While there, he saw an ingenious new machine which he realised could be used for cabinetmaking. Upon his return to Barnstaple, he reproduced the machine from notes he’d made and set up business in a mill. He later met Henry Petter, an accountant, and together they achieved rapid success. In 1888 the mill burned down. Undeterred, they moved to larger premises. The same factory now produces high-quality joinery.
Condition: The wardrobe is in superb original condition retaining all the original hardware. A wonderful colour and patination. The dressing table is in excellent original condition, all the drawers with quality ash linings and finely cut dovetails. All locks stamped SPB for Shapland & Petter Barnstaple. Cleaned and waxed
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