shapland and petter arts and crafts wardrobe

Shapland and Petter Arts and Crafts Wardrobe



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A stylish arts and crafts period wardrobe by Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple. Of fine construction in solid walnut and with many design features redolent of the period. With a row of inset blue/green enamel plaques to the top. With a mirrored door to the left which opens to reveal full height hanging space. The cupboard door to the right is fitted with a splendid embossed copper plaque and opens to reveal a shelved interior. With 2 short drawers beneath and one long deep drawer to the base. All fitted with original brass and copper hardware. The two cupboard doors are lockable (key supplied) and the locks are stamped S P B. Sympathetically refinished in our workshops and now offered for sale in excellent condition ready to go straight into the home. Splits into two sections for ease of installation. A rare opportunity to acquire a fine item of arts and crafts furniture.
Width 117cms
Depth 51cms
Height 201cms
The Shapland and Petter factory was established by cabinetmaker Henry Shapland (1823 – 1909), following a trip to America in 1848. While there, he saw an ingenious new machine which he realised could be used for cabinetmaking. Upon his return to Barnstaple, he reproduced the machine from notes he’d made and set up business in a mill. He later met Henry Petter, an accountant, and together they achieved rapid success. In 1888 the mill burned down. Undeterred, they moved to larger premises. The same factory now produces high-quality joinery.
Hand-tooled or machine-made? Antique cabinets that were both
Furniture by Shapland and Petter, such as their antique dining chairs , is highly collectable by Arts & Crafts furniture enthusiasts, despite breaking the “rules” of the movement. Looking at the detailed carving on a Shapland and Petter antique chest today, it is hard to imagine it being produced in what was, for its time, one of the most cutting-edge factories in Britain.
The new factory was arranged in blocks, with a production line of up to 350 employees, which ran from the saw mills to the finishing sheds. However, keen as they were to adopt labour-saving devices, the men also saw the need for traditional craftsmanship. They imported American machine tools that were backed by an army of skilled cabinetmakers, carvers, designers and polishers.
From Victorian dining chairs to antique bookcases, Shapland and Petter furniture is defined its detailed carving. Those employed for this task underwent a 7-year apprenticeship, using up to 100 tools for the most elaborate designs. The factory was soon producing furniture and interiors to order, for banks, hotels, private homes and even Pullman railway carriages. Notable commissions included the London Guildhall, Edgar Wallace ‘s home, and the mansion house at Tapeley Park.
From Antique marquetry furniture to the Art Nouveau period
Shapland & Petter antiques range from simple rustic Arts & Crafts furniture to intricate antique marquetry furniture, embellished with the fluid organic designs of the Art Nouveau movement. Their antique cabinets often made use of finely detailed lead glass panels and delicate fruitwood inlays however, many of these intricately crafted pieces were mass-produced standards.
Internal Ref: 17595


Height = 201 cm (79")
Width = 117 cm (46")
Depth = 51 cm (20")

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