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Shapland And Petter Arts And Crafts Display Cabinet


£3,150 | $4,390 USD | €3,671 EUR
Item Number: SA747896
Date of manufacture: 1900
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Camden Antiques
This antique has been viewed 37 times in the past month with the most views from France.


An excellent Arts and Crafts period display cabinet by Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple. Of excellent construction in solid mahogany and attractive mahogany "plum pudding" veneers. The central glazed section with a single opening bow fronted glass door. Fitted with a charming silvered lock plate and opening to access a shelved interior lined in its original fabric. The door is lockable (key supplied) and the lock is stamped "S P & B". The glazed section is flanked by turned columns. Beneath is a central recess flanked but rows of turned balustrades. To the top of the cabinet is an up-stand decorated with stylish inlaid floral panels redolent of the period. Cleaned and waxed in our workshops this stunning cabinet is offered for sale in excellent original condition.
Width 115cms
Depth 50cms
Height 196cms
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.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1900.


Height = 196 cm (77.2")
Width = 115 cm (45.3")
Depth = 50 cm (19.7")

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