A Superb Edwardian Period Satinwood Display Cabinet of outstanding quality and serpentine outline. Made by London Cabinet makers Edwards & Roberts. Circa 1900.
The upper section having a pierced fretwork broken swan neck pediment with shell inlaid paterae above a pair of central rectangular glazed doors, enclosing a shelved interior. Flanked by serpentine glazed panels with ebony and string inlay. The lower section having a pair of central panelled doors decorated with musical trophies enclosing a shelve interior above a single frieze drawer stamped Edwards & Roberts, flanked by serpentine inlaid panels. Raised on six elegant square tapering supports with spade feet.
Condition: Superb, lightly restored condition.
Width: 49.75” (126cm). Height: 84.25” (214cm). Depth: 18” (45.5cm).
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 cabinet makers 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 specialized in marquetry, inlay and ormolu. Edwards & Roberts 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).