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Antique Art Deco Birdseye Maple Cocktail Dry Bar c.1930

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Of interest to Art Deco furniture collectors and interior designers, this is a fabulous antique Art Deco Period birdseye maple cocktail cabinet, circa 1930 in date.

This antique Art Deco cocktail cabinet is a serpentine shape having a concertina cocktail section with mirrored interior above a bank of three drawers. The first drawer is fitted out as a cutlery drawer. It is flanked by a shaped door on each side, and each one opens to reveal a spacious cupboard with a central shelf.

It is raised on an attractive inset base and it is a very elegant and enjoyable piece which will blend well with modern interiors because of its simplicity and timeless Art Deco lines.

Birdseye Maple occurs primarily in Sugar Maple and is a very hard wood with a diverging grain structure caused by the presence of the Birdseyes. The divergent grain that makes Birdseye Maple beautiful also causes it to be difficult to work. In times gone by, Birdseye Maple was only able to be used by the most qualified cabinetmakers. These craftsmen had the tools and expertise to work and finish Birdseye Maple successfully. As a result, antique furnishings made out of Birdseye Maple are rare and beautiful.

Early carpentry machines ran at low revs-per-minute and had only 2 knives per cutter head. This frequently produced Birdseye surfaces that were chipped and ripped. It took many hours of hand planing and scraping to get these surfaces to a high sheen. This restricted the use of Birdseye maple to jobs whose worth could justify the extra cost. Examples of this are fine furniture and musical instruments.


This antique Art Deco cocktail cabinet is in fantastic condition, having been lovingly restored and polished in our own workshops. Please see photos for verification of this.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 99 x Width 137 x Depth 53 - Sideboard

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 4 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - Sideboard

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 07626b