Latest Finds of Decorative Antiques and Mid-Century Design
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Set Of Six German Mid Century Pots
2 RARE A YOUNGER CHESTS/SIDEBOARDS C 1960Sby Pure Imagination Ltd
RARE A YOUNGER CHESTS/SIDEBOARDS C 1960S
2 Rare A Younger chests/sideboards c 1960s . These are a bit of a mystery as they don’t look like anything we’ve ever seen by this top quality British maker . They’re labelled for A Younger , and the original owner bought them back in the 1960s as bedroom chests , but they would work equally well as small sideboards or TV stands in a living room . We bought them together , but are selling them separately .
From the mid-1950s to the late 60s the talented John Herbert was Younger’s designer . He was joined c 1967 by another designed called A.R.Pledge . These pieces are a totally different style and look to anything they designed , but we do have 1 piece of Younger furniture that was designed by the famous Danish designer Jens Risom under license so they did occasionally use other designers .
The tops look to be solid elm , whereas the rest of the carcase looks to be a type of walnut . The shape and the walnut , along with the heavy foot design would indicate a late 1950s manufacture , but the square split handles look very similar to those designed for the G Plan Danish range by Ib Kofod Larsen in 1962/3 ! .
They had some marks and signs of wear after some 50 years of use , so we’ve had them cleaned and re-polished . Les our restorer has emphasised the lovely handle design by making them slightly darker than they were originally , and polished the tops to show off the grain of the “elm ” . We think they look stunning and really unusual .
The quality is great as you’d expect from A Younger c 1955-65 and they’ll not have been cheap when new . Perhaps they were made for an Exhibition or as trial pieces to show trade buyers , and then never put into full production .
As often with A Younger the label is on the back of the back of a drawer . Many of the top independent shops like Heals of London and Chapmans of Newcastle didn’t want makers own labels on pieces , so perhaps that’s why Younger put their’s often in a concealed place !
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STYLISH ITALIAN 1970S VINTAGE BRASS VALET STANDby Pure Imagination Ltd
Stylish Italian 1970s vintage brass valet stand. We sourced this unusual piece in The Netherlands , but think it looks more Italian or possibly French.
The mix of brass , Lucite and white enamelled metal are typical of the 1970s. The quality is excellent. There are plenty of plain run of the mill valet stands out there , vintage and contemporary , but this one stands out as being truly special . It’s got that extra umph that you’ll not see often in a valet stand .
It’s in great vintage condition .
Materials: brass , lucite , metal
MERROW ASSOCIATES CHROME & ROSEWOOD TROLLEYby Pure Imagination Ltd
Merrow Associates chrome and rosewood drink trolley. Dating from the 1970’s, and designed by Richard Young. Merrow Assosciates were a British firm producing quality pieces from the late 60’s to mid 70’s. Their pieces were often retalied through Heals of London and other prestigious retail shops. There are a few variants of the Merrow trolley and this version is quite scarce. The chrome and glass are both in good condition and our in-house restorer has applied a polish to the rosewood veneer.
Materials: Rosewood / Chrome
DANISH LATE 1960S WESTERGAARD ROSEWOOD SIDEBOARDby Pure Imagination Ltd
Re-worked Danish late 1960s Westergaard rosewood sideboard. A smart piece which was nicely made but not suited to today’s market. It originally with a plinth base which we’ve removed and replaced by new dark turned wood legs. Also it had a top section which when removed left the top surface only partly veneered in rosewood. We’ve had a new black laminate section put in to the top which has been fitted by a local specialist company.
Not only does the black laminate look very smart with the nicely figured rosewood, but it means that you have a heat proof surface upon which drinks can be served or hot mugs placed without worrying about leaving heat or water marks. It would also be ideal for standing a large flat screen TV in a living room.
Labelled for the quality Danish maker Westergaard who specialised in chests of drawers in the 1960s, the top section was dated on the rear 1969. The quality of the interior fitted drawers is a sign of how well made this piece is. Detailing like this wasn’t cheap in the 1960s, but would cost an absolute fortune today.
The rosewood veneers are a good original colour with nice figuring. All in all a stylish and practical good value piece of furniture.
RARE WHITE & NEWTON TEAK SIDEBOARDby Pure Imagination Ltd
Rare White & Newton Teak Sideboard. Its longer than their usual models and if anything better quality , although their pieces from the early 1960s are always nice. Its the lovely interior fittings and also the way the back has also been beautifully veneered. Its extremely rare to get a sideboard of this era with a back so well finished.
The contrasting darker wood ( probably a type of walnut ) above the cupboard doors is a really nice feature along with the strikingly simple cupboard design. Its very heavy and well made, and the choice of timbers is also a cut above the norm.
There were a few marks to the top which were not possible to remove so we have had a white Formica laminate fitted by a company who specialise in Formica fascias.
We rate it as probably the smartest British teak sideboard we’ve had this year and we’ve had some really nice ones!
Its been fully cleaned and re-polished so its in tip-top condition.
Dimensions: 229cms long , 46 deep , 78 high
SET OF 6 A YOUNGER ROSEWOOD DINING CHAIRS JOHN HERBERTby Pure Imagination Ltd
Set of 6 A Younger rosewood dining chairs John Herbert early 1960s . This lovely design is often thought to be Danish as it looks similar to the Moller 75 which must have inspired it . We’ve had it a number of times before in teak , and seen it occasionally in rosewood with other sellers of Mid-Century furniture . As always most people didn’t buy the carver chairs back in the early 1960s , possibly because they would have been around 40% more expensive at the time . Today vintage carver chairs of this quality sell for around double the price of the standard chair without arms !
John Herbert was a talented designer who often came up with stylish mid-century designs . A Younger were one of the top names in contemporary British furniture at the time , and their quality was well known . Their pieces were always top quality in the late 1950s until c 1968 when they had to move down market as UK taxes for their typical customers went up considerably and the top end of the furniture market would have been badly hit .
Much heavier than the same model in teak , these rosewood ones have a lovely colour now that we’ve had them re-polished . They must have been in a very sunny room for a number of years as they were so badly faded that they looked more like teak when we bought them .
We’ve re-upholstered them as the original fabric was well worn
Antique Inlaid Rosewood Marble Top Cabinet – Sideboard Chiffonierby Marylebone Antiques
Antique Inlaid Rosewood Marble Top Cabinet – Sideboard Chiffonier
This antique rosewood chiffonier is a quality item & in good original condition. The only thing we changed was the lining behind the brass grills & I like the way my upholsterer did it with soft padding behind the fabric. This cabinet has a concave front & the doors are concave too. There are some fine brass inlays along the top section & around the doors. The side columns have gilt metal mounts top & bottom, which give the effect of Corinthian columns. The marble top is original & perfect. There is a top concaved drawer with is still lined with baize & there is a single shelf inside behind the doors. There is also a brass beading running up the door & we still have the key for the lock. The figuring on the rosewood is lovely & the colour is good too. This chiffonier is Regency in style & dates to around the 1910-20’s period.
Width – 40″, 101 cm
Depth – 14″, 36 cm
Height – 35.5″, 90 cm
VINTAGE THEATRE LIGHTby Gazelles of Lyndhurst
VINTAGE THEATRE LIGHT
Vintage Theatre light by Strand Electric, on telescopic tripod stand, black metal casing with adjustable slot in barn doors.
all re wired for domestic use with inline switch.
this vintage light has come from Rank Film Equipment
Adjustable height w 39 cm d 33 cm
British c 1930
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