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English, circa 1890.
Height 52.5” (133cm) Width 28” (71cm) Depth 13” (30cm)
Stock No. 8564
F.G.Collinson and G.J.Lock met whilst working for another well-known furniture manufacturer, Jackson & Graham, which they were eventually to take over in 1885, moving to Oxford Street in the process. From the beginning of their enterprise, they hired only the best designers and craftsmen, such as the architect T E Collcut, J Moyr-Smith (who was to engrave the plates for the extensive catalogue he created in 1871), A H Mackmurdo, E W Godwin, H W Batley and Stephen Webb – the company’s senior designer. The latter two were to produce work for the Savoy Theatre in 1881 and the company also received the commission to furnish the Royal Courts of Justice. Changing direction by taking expensive commissions for grandiose London houses, the company met declining success and was eventually taken over by Gillow’s in 1897.
Collinson and Lock were internationally renowned for their use of fine rosewood and intricate ivory inlay of Italianate arabesques, chimeric figures and scrolling foliage and it is this superior work that can be seen in this display cabinet. Its design characteristics are to be seen in furniture displayed in the catalogue produced by Gillow’s in 1900, where a page illustrates a selection of ivory inlaid rosewood furniture, identical to those pieces originally designed by J S Lock himself and decorated by Stephen Webb. A member of the Art Worker’s Guild from 1887-1902, Webb was to be later appointed as Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art.