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Shapland And Petter Inlaid Mahogany Side Cabinet


£1,195 | $1,665 USD | €1,393 EUR
Item Number: SA654924
Date of manufacture: Edwardian
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Camden Antiques
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A fine quality Edwardian mahogany side cabinet by the renowned makers , Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple (stamped to locks "S & P , B", registration marks to rear). Made from a very high grade of dense mahogany timber, now with a lovely depth of colour and finish. The decoration comes in the form of satinwood inlaid detailing, including a central oval panel and paterae. A pair of glazed doors flank a central panelled door and there is a single drawer above surmounted by a pagoda top. All doors and drawers are fitted with the lovely original brass handles. The end cabinets and the central cupboards have shelves inside. The cabinets are fitted with their original lining material which is now somewhat stained, we can get this replaced with a new lining material of your choice.
This fine quality cabinet is offered for sale in overall excellent condition and would adorn any home.
Width 137cms
Depth 44cms
Height 148cms
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 G
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Edwardian.


Height = 148 cm (58.3")
Width = 137 cm (53.9")
Depth = 44 cm (17.3")

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Camden Antiques
Units 20 & 19
The Vinery
West Sussex
BN18 9PY
United Kingdom

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