A delightful burr walnut cocktail cabinet in the queen Anne style by the renowned makers, Maple and Co of London. Well made in walnut with stunning burr walnut veneers onto a solid mahogany carcas. The whole cabinet is embellished with carved detailing throughout including a wonderful crest to the domed top. The top section has a pair of cupboard doors which open to access a fitted and shelved interior. The interior space is line din maple veneer, has a mirrored back, glass shelves, a pull-out mixing slide and the original racks/shelves (and cocktail sticks) to the doors. This all sits above a single drawer. The base section stands on elegant cabriole legs and has a pair of cupboard doors which open to reveal a compartmentalised storage space. Both sets of doors are fitted with stunning brass lock plates. This stylish and practical drinks cabinet is offered for sale in excellent original condition, ready to go straight into the home.
Maple & Co was established by John Maple, a shopkeeper from Horley, Surrey, who later opened a furniture shop in Tottenham Court Road. However it was his son, John Blundell Maple , who made Maples & Co a success. With exceptional business skills, John B. Maple took over the company while still a young man. By the 1880s they were the largest furniture store in the world, exported their fine furniture to every continent.
Maples manufactured their luxury furniture entirely in-house, at a huge modern complex. A timber importer and furniture exporter, they landed prestigious contracts furnishing fine houses, hotels, embassies and palaces in Europe; among them Tsar Nicholas’s Winter Palace and the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna . With his own empire established, John Blundell Maple achieved further fame in politics and horseracing – some lines, such as the Atherstoke antique cabinet, having racing connections in the titles.
Never compromising on quality, Maples produced a huge catalogue of fine furniture, covering every avenue of interior design. A Maples & Co sale today would cover everything from Chippendale Revival antique dining chairs , to Aesthetic style carved oak dressers, to Art Nouveau tulip carved antique dining tables – all from the same catalogue.
The exclusivity and high quality of craftsmanship of Maples’ antique cabinets, dining suites and bedroom furniture made them highly popular with Britain’s social elite. Today, they appeal to anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship.