Retailed by Maples & Co
Probably made by Edwards & Roberts
A late 19th century mahogany and marquetry inlaid bookcase cabinet. The pierced swan neck pediment above a moulded cornice with Greek key frieze inlaid with anthemions, a pair of astragal glazed doors below enclosing adjustable shelves, flanked by fluted canted corners. The base with a pair of urn inlaid doors enclosing a single adjustable shelf, again with fluted canted corners, standing on shaped plinth base with bracket feet. The door with enamel plaque ‘From Maples & Co London’.
Height 94 1/2″ (240)
Width 44″ (112cm)
Depth 15″ (38cm)
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 earlier furniture with later embellishments bearing their stamp. Edwards & Roberts specialized in marquetry, inlay and ormolu, and were 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). They ceased trading in 1899 having been at various addresses. c.f.: Wainwright, June 1978, pps. 95-105.