Antique Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Bookcase by Maple & Co C1900
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This is an absolutely stunning antique Edwardian flame mahogany and satinwood inlaid bookcase by Maple & Co, circa 1900 in date.
The bookcase bears the ivorine plaque of the renowned maker and retailer Maple & Co.
This bookcase features a rich and striking grain, and has been accomplished in flame mahogany, a very attractive and highly desirable wood. It has a beautiful moulded canted cornice and stands on bracket feet.
The glazed top doors having beautiful thirteen pane astragals with satinwood crossbanding and ebony and boxwood outline stringing, the interior having three adjustable shelves that are also inlaid.
The base having a a pair of half width drawers, above a a pair of panelled doors with flame mahogany oval panels with satinwood crossbanding and ebony and boxwood outline stringing. The doors open to reveal a capacious cupboard with a central shelf.
This bookcase has original shelves, locks, glazing, and a solid mahogany panelled back.
Instill the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique bookcase.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleane and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 233 x Width 122 x Depth 44
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 feet, 8 inches x Width 4 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches
the renowned furniture retailer of London, Paris and Buenos Aires, were famous for top quality furniture.
They were by Royal Appointment and became one of the leading furniture manufacturers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They used only the finest quality timber which was imported directly from all over the world.
Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
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: 07973
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