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Mahogany Art Nouveau Sideboard
A superb stylish Art Nouveau Sideboard, made of Mahogany and fantastic Quality and detail. Lovely Art Nouveau inlays, brass capped columns, bevelled glass doors with 2 cupboards and 1 drawer below. The mirror has some spotting but could be re silvered if wanted. This really is a superb and rare piece if you love Art Nouveau design.

W 167cms
D 67cms
H 191cms
Ref: SA151
Price: £1,750
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Art Nouveau Mahogany Vitrine
A stylish French mahogany vitrine from the Art Nouveau period. Packed full of features redolent of the period, with flowing lines , brass mounts and enamel plaques. The single glazed door (lockable with key supplied) opens to access a shelved interior. Offered for sale in very good original condition, ready to go straight into the home.

Width 51cms
Depth 39cms
Height 123cms
Ref: 351
Price: £750
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Art Nouveau Display Cabinet by Shapland and Petter
A superb inlaid mahogany Art Nouveau period display cabinet by the renowned makers Shapland and Petter of Barnstable. This cabinet is of the highest quality made from a fine grade of dense mahogany timber. All of its style features are redolent of the Art Nouveau period. Its central, glazed, cabinet has a pair of bow fronted doors fitted with lovely cushion glass panes. These doors open to access a shelved and lined interior. This central section is flanked by a pair of cupboard doors which are decorated with inlaid floral motifs. The inlay is in a range of woods and also mother of pearl. These cupboard doors open to access shelved storage spaces. All doors are lockable (keys supplied) . The locks are all stamped "S P B" for Shapland and Petter , Barnstable. This beautiful cabinet is offered for sale in excellent condition, with a good rich colour. It is ready to go straight into the home.

Width 136cms
Depth (max) 46cms
Height 159cms

Shapland & Petter was a Devonshire company whose Arts & Crafts furniture is at last receiving the recognition it deserves. Critics have argued that their furniture was machine manufactured, and thus does not qualify for the title of Arts & Crafts. However, their machines were used in combination with exquisite hand-tooled skills, and no-one who has seen one of Shapland & Petter’s finely carved Victorian dining chairs can doubt the craftsmanship of their work.

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.

There were hundreds of these available in their pattern book, inspired by the leading Arts & Crafts furniture designers but with their own unique stamp of individuality. Collectors of Glasgow School Arts & Crafts
Ref: 920
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Fine Quality Inlaid Art Nouveau Table
A very fine quality Art Nouveau period occasional table. Made from a superior grade of mahogany timber, with a great colour and patina. The stunning round top is decorated with fine and profuse brass and ivory floral inlay. The scrolling base is redolent of the period. This table is of the highest quality, very stylish and offered for sale in immaculate condition.

Diameter 68.5cms
Height 74cms
Ref: 830
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Mahogany Art Nouveau 3 Fold Screen
A stylish 3 fold screen from the Art Nouveau period. Made in solid mahogany and decorated with stylised floral inlaid panels so redolent of that time. Each panel has an opening glazed door within it, quite an unusual feature. Upholstered (front and back) in yellow pleated fabric to the top and deep red to the lower section. This lovely screen could be used in a variety of different room settings and is offered for sale in excellent condition, ready to go straight into the home.

Height 184cms
Width (each panel) 70cms
Ref: 812
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Inlaid Mahogany Art Nouveau Armchair
A very stylish inlaid mahogany armchair from the Art Nouveau period. Well made in solid mahogany with flowing lines. The back splat and top rail decorated with extensive Art Nouveau floral inlaid detailing. The mahogany frame is sturdy with a great colour and patina. The upholstered seat cushion is in very serviceable condition. Cleaned and waxed in our workshops, in excellent condition and ready to go straight into the home.

Width 60cms
Depth 53cms
Overall height 102cms
Seat height 44cms
Ref: 400
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