The cast ormolu acanthus borders the panels and the plinth . The central panel with cast ormolu motif of beribboned musical instruments. Bears old paper label Edwards & Roberts, Wardour Street, London.
English, circa 1840 - 1870
Height 42.5” (108cm) Width 17” (43cm) Depth 15” (38cm)
Stock No. 6650
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 specialised 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.