Vintage Arthur Brett Three Pillar Mahogany Dining Table and 14 Chairs 20th C
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The table, dating from the mid 20th Century, is crafted in flame mahogany and features superb satinwood crossbanded decoration to the top.
Capable of seating fourteen people in regal comfort it is an extraordinary piece of furniture which will add splendour to any room
The table has two leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion and is raised on two "gun barrel" triple splay leg bases and a "gun barrel" four splay leg base, all fitted with elegant lion's paw castors.
The amazing craftsmanship that has gone into this elegant table is immediately obvious, with the table surface having a crossbanded border created using satinwood. This enhances the lovely warm tones and grain of the flame mahogany wood ensuring they are shown off to perfection.
The matching set of bespoke contemporary dining chairs comprises twelve side chairs and two armchairs They are made from solid flame mahogany and feature inlaid satinwood crossbanded decoration to match the table. They also feature drop in seats that can be removed in hot weather so as to utilise the caned seats below.
In excellent condition the table having been beautifully restored and the chairs upholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 73 x Width 464 x Depth 133 - Fully extended
Height 73 x Width 340 x Depth 133 - With both leaves removed
Height 93 x Width 48 x Depth 46 - Chairs
Height 95 x Width 56 x Depth 53 - Armchairs
Height 53 - Sear Height
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 15 feet, 3 inches x Depth 4 feet, 4 inches - Fully extended
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 11 feet, 2 inches x Depth 4 feet, 4 inches - With both leaves removed
Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches - Chairs
Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - Armchairs
Height 1 foot, 9 inches - Sear Height
Arthur Brett’s roots in furniture date back five generations as far as the early nineteenth century with chairmaker John Brett, born in Norfolk in 1815. In 1870, his son Jonathan T. Brett founded the company making and selling furniture with his six sons. One of them, Arthur, an antiques dealer, gradually expanded into reproductions, setting up as Arthur Brett in the 1920s with elegant showrooms in St Giles Street, Norwich.
The company’s experience in restoring priceless antiques gave Arthur and his team of craftsmen the expertise to create authentic and museum-standard reproductions. This tradition of quality and craftsmanship continues to the present day.
Over the years, the firm has established its reputation for making the finest English furniture, with their committed teams of craftsmen, most of whom have served the firm for decades. They have passed down to successive generations the traditional skills and techniques of which any 18th century cabinetmaker would be proud. With this wealth of history and experience Arthur Brett can offer the finest hand crafted bespoke furniture for 21st century living.
Arthur Brett and Arthur Brett Architectural, now make up part of a family of superb traditional furniture brands which represent the best of English fine furniture-making; gracing the finest homes, financial institutions, hotels and Royal residences internationally.
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: 09293a
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