A fine mahogany and line strung nightstand, the carved edge top with concave cut out corners, above cabinet doors and one long shaped drawer, the carved rail above carved and stop fluted turned legs.
Inspired by the celebrated suite of bedroom furniture designed by James 'Athenian' Stuart for Margaret, Countess Spencer's apartment on the principal floor at Spencer House.
Inspired by the celebrated suite of bedroom furniture designed by James 'Athenian' Stuart for Margaret, Countess Spencer's apartment on the principal floor at Spencer House.The suite, executed in both sabicu and mahogany, comprised a wardrobe, a chest, a pair of bedside tables, a small table or washstand and a writing-table. The beds belonging to the suite were burnt in the fire at the Spencer family’s Wimbledon residence in 1785.Arthur Young, visiting Spencer House in 1772, described the room as having 'beds and tables very finely carved and inlaid' and the suite must have been in Spencer House by 1766, when the family started to occupy the whole house and not merely the Ground Floor.
Designed in extremely advanced Neo-Classical taste the attribution of this suite has long been the subject of conjecture as no bills survive for the commission. However, a prime candidate must be Messrs. Mayhew and Ince - in part because of the form of the chest, but also because of the reeded feet and elegant treatment of the legs. Spencer House combined both Rococo and Neo-classical tastes and the bed was most likely a more Rococo affair given the penchant to keep the ‘softer’ furnishings in more feminine forms. The bedroom may not have served as Lady Spencer’s primary sleeping quarters and it is postulated that the room may have served as an sumptuous and intimate setting for the reception of close friends.The rest of the suite remains at Althorp, save for the 'washstand' which is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
With over 50 types of veneer used on our product, we select each piece for figure and colour and exclusively hand cut each piece to create our beautiful surfaces, each a uniquely created work of art.
Our craftsmen select wood based on beauty, colour and suitability to each individual piece. We still use traditional furniture making, wood working techniques and materials to ensure enduring quality in every one of our products.
Frequently dust exposed surfaces with a clean, damp natural cloth. Dry the surface with another clean, dry cloth. Infrequently polish your furniture (a few times a year at most) with a non-silicon-base furniture polish made by a reputable manufacturer, taking care to follow the instructions.
Frequently dust exposed surfaces with a clean, damp natural cloth. Dry the surface with another clean, dry cloth. Infrequently polish your furniture (a few times a year at most) with a non-silicon-base furniture polish made by a reputable manufacturer, taking care to follow the instructions. Bear in mind that one manufacturer’s furniture care products should never be used in combination with another. Product formulations are unique to each manufacturer and are made to blend with another, so using different polishes may cause build-up that can appear cloudy or dull over time, and/or feel sticky to the touch. Always polish or dust with a motion that follows the grain of the wood to avoid scratching the surface, and allow polish to dry completely before replacing any objects on the surface.
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