The waldrobe is applied with gilt bronze mounts throughout and features a shaped moulded cornice with four turned finials and a riband tied swagged frieze, above a central bevelled mirrored door which opens to reveal three slides, three short and two long drawers.
Flanked on either side by a pair of panelled cupboard doors each enclosing a rail and hooks. Beautifully framed by reeded pilasters, on a moulded plinth base.
The wardrobe offered here undoubtedly formed part of a significant commission of bedroom furniture of high quality for a client who currently remains untraced. The presence of a 1929 storage label for The Pantechnicon, Belgrave Square, S.W.1 which bears the inscribed name R.B Petre would seem likely to indicate that it was handled by R.B Petre in his capacity as a prominent liquidator in early 20th century London. Petre's name has been recorded in contemporary news paper advertising as instructing various sales of property by auction.
The above lot is typical of the high quality work produced in the Louis XVI style that Holland and Sons produced in the 1860s and 1870s. The ormolu mounts utilised on the above lot appear on documented pieces by the firm including the well known commission in the 1860s by Mr R N Thornton, illustrated in R.W Symonds, B.B Whineray Victorian Furniture, London 1962. Under William Holland the firm became cabinetmakers and upholsterers to the Queen, their first commission being for Osborne House in 1845, supplying furniture in the Queen's favoured Louis XVI style. Hollands participated in many of the important International Exhibitions including London in 1862, Vienna in 1873 and Paris in 1867 and 1872 again exhibiting pieces in the favoured Louis XVI style. The Holland's labelled day books are now housed in the National Archive of Art and Design in London and present a virtual 'who's who' of 19th century society.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home. As such, this card table is sure to take pride of place in your lounge or reception.
In excellent condition. As antique items, the wardrobe show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, it displays beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 273 x Width 269 x Depth 77
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8 foot, 11 inches x Width 8 foot, 10 inches x Depth 2 foot, 6 inches
Our reference: A2443