• Item: Sideboard
• Circa: 1930 – 1940
• Provenance: Manchester, England UK
• In the manner of Harry & Lou Epstein Ltd.
• Wood: Burr walnut
• Cloud shape design
• Shaped veneer top
• 4 drawers
• 6 doors
• Original metal foliate handles & escutcheons
• Internal shelves
• Mahogany lined drawers
• Mahogany lined interior
• Working locks (with keys)
• Original backboards
• Recessed cushion plinth
• Original polish & patination
• Stunning colour & quality
• Ideal in a dining room or hallway
• Excellent original condition
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This is a quite outstanding quality Art Deco burr walnut sideboard, circa 1930 – 1940, in the manner of Harry & Lou Epstein Ltd., in excellent original condition. The sideboard has been French polished by hand to a professional standard in our workshop, therefore the finish and patination is in excellent condition. This sideboard boasts a cloud shape design, incorporating a shaped burr walnut veneer top, above two external drawers, four internal compartments and a further two internal drawers. The central, external drawers are bow fronted, hand dovetailed, mahogany lined and boast quarter beaded construction (a sign of quality). Below is a 2-door bow fronted compartment, which opens to reveal a further two internal drawers, which feature shaped walnut cup handles and also boast quarter beading. Flanking the internal and external drawers are a total of four doors (the outermost being bow-fronted), which open to reveal shelved compartments. The inner compartments are divided into three sections, with two shelves, while the outer, bow-fronted compartments feature a single curved shelf. All 6 doors retain their original foliate circular handles & escutcheons. The left-hand door to the central compartment retains its original sliding bolt latch, while the other five doors all retain their original working locks, with working keys. The sideboard rests on a recessed cushion plinth and retains its original walnut backboards.
This sideboard boasts a golden burr walnut colour; this can only be achieved through age and the years of care and cleaning it has received. The sideboard has been French polished by hand to a professional standard in our workshop, therefore the finish and patination is in excellent condition.
This Art Deco sideboard is an excellent investment and would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the dining room or hallway. It would certainly grace any home. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
Provenance – H & L Epstein Ltd.:
Originally founded in the 1890s by Morris Epstein, the Epstein Company would become one of the most recognisable and high-quality producers of Art Deco furniture from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Epstein family were amongst a number of Jewish immigrants from the Baltic States and the Balkans, who then established a cabinet-making community in London’s East End, particularly in the Shoreditch area. Initially, they traded out of furniture outlets in the area, such as Weinbau, Caplan & Percy Young. All of Morris’ six sons carried on in the furniture-making profession, and in 1929, two of his sons – Harry and Lou – established H & L Epstein Furniture Designers and Manufacturers and by the 1930s the company totalled 15 men, with Harry as designer and Lou as cabinetmaker. Harry and Lou, as well as their brothers David, Michael and Sidney, would go on to establish their own shops and showrooms in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.
Epstein’s furniture was influenced by customers whose tastes echoed the avant-garde styles such as those seen at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts which occurred in Paris in 1925. In particular, they were well-known for cloud-shape designs, featured on lounge and dining suites, and boat-based designs featured on tables and cabinets. They also took a significant amount of commissions, producing furniture to customer specifications, using materials such as burr maple, sycamore and walnut veneer, all of which was hand made using traditional cabinetmaking skills.
Earlier furniture, before 1940, while not stamped, can still be recognised due to its style, materials used, and quality of construction. From the 1950s, Epstein furniture started being constructed with ivorine labels, either stamped ‘H & L Epstein Ltd’ or ‘Epstein & Goldman’. Epstein furniture was widely considered as being of very high quality, and consequently their pieces are very sought-after today.
This Art Deco sideboard is in excellent original condition. The sideboard has been French polished by hand to a professional standard in our workshop, therefore the finish and patination is in excellent condition. Nominal old use marks to the top and leading edges, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The drawers and cupboard doors are in good working order. The drawers boast quarter beaded interiors, mahogany lining and dovetail construction. The doors retain their original foliate circular handles and escutcheons, with the left door to the internal drawer compartment retaining its original sliding bolt latch, and the other 5 doors retaining their original working locks, with working keys. The sideboard boasts a golden-brown burr walnut colour; this can only be achieved through age and the years of care and cleaning it has received. This item is solid in joint and ready to be used.
Height = 91.2cm or 35⅞” or 2ft 11⅞”
Width = 243.5cm or 95⅞” or 7ft 11⅞”
Depth (including handles) = 59.4cm or 23⅜” or 1ft 11⅜”
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