Here we have for sale a stunning quality antique Edwardian mahogany coffer / ottoman by the renowned London cabinetmaker, T. Willson, circa 1900, in excellent original condition.
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• Item Ottoman
• Circa 1900
• Period Edwardian
• Cabinetmaker T. Willson
• Provenance London, England, United Kingdom
• Wood Solid mahogany
• Single piece top (sign of quality)
• Gadroon moulding to top & frieze
• Fielded cushion fronted panels
• Elegant brass swan neck carrying handles
• Carved ball & claw feet
• Mahogany framed interior
• Original working lock with key
• Superb colour & patination
• Completely original
• Solid in joint
• Excellent condition
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Here we have for sale a stunning quality antique Edwardian mahogany coffer / ottoman made by the renowned London cabinetmaker, T. Willson of 68 Great Queen Street London, in excellent original condition. Constructed circa 1900, this coffer boasts a single piece mahogany top (a sign of quality) with an elegant gadroon moulding. Below the coffer features top quality fielded cushion fronted mahogany panels to the front and sides with outer reeded beading. Decorative brass swan neck handles and shaped brass back plates are visible on the sides of the coffer. The coffer retains its original key escutcheon and lock, which includes a working key. The lid retains its original locking clasp. Three strong brass hinges attach the lid and it can easily support its own weight when opened. The cabinetmakers name is stamped on the inside frame. The interior of the ottoman is lined in mahogany and boasts four quadrant sections above the legs for additional support (this design was predominantly used by only the best cabinetmakers). Elegantly shaped cabriole legs that feature scroll carvings to the upper section of the legs and gadroon moulding to the frieze of the coffer, terminate in pronounced ball and claw feet.
This coffer / ottoman would be ideal at the foot of a bed, for storing clothes, or used on a landing or in a hallway. It could also be used as coffee table or trunk in the living room. It has a beautiful deep rich mahogany patina, which has been generated by the years of cleaning and care it has received.
This ottoman boasts a rich mahogany colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
Thomas Willson of 68 Great Queen Street, London, was from a firm of family cabinetmakers, which were established in 1818. This family of cabinetmakers was renowned for their use of quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship. Not only did they produce furniture in their workshops, they also ran a furniture warehouse, furniture works and upholstery business at the same address through the latter half of the 19th Century.
This coffer is stamped ‘T. Willson, 68 Great Queen Street, London’ on the inside frame. Antique furniture marked with the makers name has always been desirable and is becoming rare and difficult to find. Furniture with cabinetmakers stamps is popular and most often than not, proves to be a good investment in the long term.
This coffer is in excellent original condition. The coffer features a single piece mahogany top, which is free from splits or any signs of warping (rare to see). Nominal old use marks to the top but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. The coffer retains its original working lock (with key) and the brass hinges are in excellent condition. The coffer is completely original with the original feet. The interior is dry and clean. The item is solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 51cm or 20” or 1ft 8”
Width (body & feet) = 122cm or 48”or 4ft
Depth (body) = 45cm or 17¾” or 1ft 5¾”
Depth (feet) = 46cm or 18⅛” or 1ft 6⅛”