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Antique Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet Dry Bar Epstein c.1920

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This is a great looking antique Art Deco Burr Walnut Cocktail Sideboard by Harry and Lou Epstein, C1920 in date.

Created from superb burr walnut veneers, this Art Deco cocktail cabinet features a shaped form with a hinged central lid opening to reveal a peach mirror glass, maple lined and illuminated interior. The lower part has a serving slide above a practical drawer. The central pair of doors highlight fluted decoration and galleries to the interior.

This antique Art Deco cocktail cabinet or sideboard is flanked by a pair of doors each opening to expose a cupboard with middle shelf and a drawer, one of which is fitted out as a cutlery drawer.

It is fitted with the original ivorine handles and raised on a plinth base. It comes with working locks and keys.

It is a delightful piece which, with its timeless Art Deco lines, works well with contemporary interiors.


This fine piece of Art Deco furniture by Epstein is in excellent condition having been delightfully restored in our workshops, please see photos for verification.

Further facts about Epstein furniture

Epstein furniture was originally launched in East London by Polish immigrants in the 1890s. The firm passed to brothers Harry and Lou Epstein and the pair turned their focus to the manufacturing of Art Deco forms from the 1930s until the 1950s.

Finished to high standards, most pieces were custom-made in veneers of burr maple, sycamore or walnut. The design of the famous ‘cloud’ seat furnishings is credited to Epstein and the firm also promoted the uniquely British taste in three-piece suite furniture.

Following the Second World War, Epstein had showrooms in London, Manchester and Glasgow. A conservative Art Deco style became the company`s trademark after the war and most items were made from bleached walnut. Art Deco pieces are not signed.

From the 1960s, some pieces were branded ‘H. & L. Epstein’ or ‘Epstein & Goldman’.

Art Deco or Deco

This is an important visual arts design style which first arrived on the scene in France during the 1920s, and then flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s.

It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age images and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and luxurious ornamentation.

Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming popular culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This differentiates Deco from the organic themes favored by its forerunner Art Nouveau.

Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as "an assertively modern style... [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material... [and] the requirements of mass production".

During its heyday Art Deco depicted luxury, glamour, ebullience, and faith in social and technological progress.

Burr Walnut

This refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the timber taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where countless tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut creates some of the most complicated and striking figuring you can find in any wood.

More Information and Viewing

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Shipping, Delivery and Return

We are happy to ship this antique Epstein Art Deco cocktail cabinet or dry bar to any location globally, please call for a estimate before ordering the item to make sure we can fully meet your specifications. We are delighted to be able to deliver free of charge to any mainland UK location.

If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this antique Art Deco cabinet unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.

You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 104 x Width 153 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 5 inches x Width 5 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 feet, 0 inches

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: 07689