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Each piece is inlaid with a beautiful marquetry of scrolls and foliage in satinwood and boxwood, is fitted with it's beautiful original Adam style brass handles and has the original working locks and keys.
The dressing table has a central mirror with a beautiful swan neck pediment centred with an urn, and it is supported on a pair of useful trinket drawers. It has a central frieze drawer flanked by a bank of four drawers and is raised on square tapering legs that terminate in their original brass and porcelain castors.
The wardrobe has a central section which comprises a pair of doors over a capacious chest of drawers. The pair of doors open to reveal a cupboard enclosing three shelves, the chest comprises a pair of half width drawers over three full width drawers. This section is flanked by a pair of mirrored doors opening to reveal full length hanging space. It has a beautiful and decorative cornice and stands on a plinth base.
The bedside cabinet has a panelled door which opens to reveal a central shelf and stands on elegant square tapering legs.
The set of three inlaid chairs are being reupholstered and we will add photos as soon as they are ready.
There is no mistaking the superb quality and fantastic design of this incredible and rare suite, which alone is certain to make it a talking point in your home and become a treasured addition to your bedroom.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 213 x Width 242 x Depth 65 - Wardrobe
Height 220 x Width 158 x Depth 67 - Dressing table
Height 120 x Width 47 x Depth 38 - Bedside cabinet
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 feet x Width 7 feet, 11 inches x Depth 2 feet, 2 inches - Wardrobe
Height 7 feet, 3 inches x Width 5 feet, 2 inches x Depth 2 feet, 2 inches - Dressing table
Height 3 feet, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches - Bedside cabinet
Edwards & Roberts
was founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street London. By the 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century.
They became one of the leading London cabinet makers and retailers working in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist. Their business also involved retailing, adapting and restoring the finest antique furniture and there are many examples of their earlier furniture with later embellishments bearing their stamp.
Edwards & Roberts specialised in marquetry, inlay and ormolu.
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.
The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.
Our reference: 06563
318 Green Lanes