Bears the label: Edwards & Roberts, Wardour St. London. Burr walnut, kingwood banded and ormolu mounted. Edwards & Roberts specialised in marquetry, inlay and ormolu and was one of the principal London companies working in the taste of the late 18th century between the years 1845 and 1899. English in the French taste with Sèvres plaques.
English, Circa 1860 - 1880
Height 38” (97cm) Writing Height 30”(76cm)
Width 43” (109cm) Depth 23” (59cm)
Stock No. 7653
SALE PRICE: £7,500
Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street London. By 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 cabinetmakers 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 specialized in marquetry, inlay and ormolu and was one of the principal London companies working in the taste of the late 18th century. They started business in 1845 and by 1854 were trading as "Edwards & Roberts, 21 Wardour Street, Antique and Modern Cabinet Makers and Importers of Ancient Furniture". Wardour Street became an important furniture retailing area in the second half of the 19th century. The firm carried a fine and complete library of the old designers (i.e. Chippendale, Adam, Hepplewhite and Sheraton). They ceased trading in 1899. c.f.: Wainwright, June 1978, pps. 95-105