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Saturday, 13 April 2013

LAPADA Oject of the year

The time has come around again for entries for Lapada (The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers) Object of the Year competition. It is always difficult to decide which item to enter and for what reasons, unusual, rare, quality, or perhaps all three.
For the competition this year I have chosen an article that has several very good features, quality, design and condition. I have just brought into stock an early 19th century table cabinet in almost unused condition made from fine timbers and very pleasing to the eye.

William IV rosewood veneered table cabinet the pair of doors with Gothic shaped panels of satin birch and triangular carved corners. The rosewood is solid and backed on to mahogany while the satin birch is veneered on to the mahogany door panel, where the doors meet is a half round rosewood bead and the key hole escutcheons are circles of an undetermined wood.
The cabinet stands on four OG shaped rosewood feet and has gilt brass locking pins to the inside edge of the left hand door and a lock and key for the right hand door, all in working order.

The interior is fitted out with two banks of four drawers which have satin birch veneered fronts with turned ebony knob handles. The drawers are constructed from five different woods, the bottom is pine, the three sides are cedar wood and the drawer front mahogany with the satin birch veneer and a turned ebony knob handle. The drawers are graduated in size and have fine dovetail joints and apart from a little dust look almost unused.

The frame around the drawers is made of solid rosewood and the carcase from which the drawers slide in and out is constructed from pine.
The condition of the cabinet is excellent and when you look at the fine work and time taken to make such a wonderful article it  does make one realise, not for the first time, how reasonably priced antique furniture is and what it would cost to have such a piece commissioned today using the same selection of timbers.

Graham Smith Antiques has been established for 14 years but Graham has been in the antiques business for 40 years. We trade on line and from showrooms on the edge of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and all  the items shown on the website are available to view at the show rooms where they are set out in four room settings - for ease of viewing. As long time members of LAPADA [the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers], the UK's largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers, we want all our customers to be confident to buy from us on line or in person and make every effort to make each sale a pleasure.  Please take some time to read our Testimonials page which can be found on the home page of our website.

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