Camden Antiques is located in Poling, UK
Shapland & Petter Burr Walnut Bookcase
REF: LA 1864 / LA370024
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An excellent burr walnut bookcase by Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple (locks stamped S P B). Very well constructed in the queen Anne style in solid walnut with attractive burr walnut veneers. Of inverted break-front form , and compact proportions, with 4 glazed doors over 4 cupboard doors. All doors are lockable (keys supplied) and open to access interiors with adjustable shelving. The glazed doors are fitted with their original beveled glass panes and are surmounted with a cushion freeze. All standing on squat cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet. With carved detailings to the knees and freeze. Splits into 2 sections for ease of installation. The Shapland and Petter factory was established by cabinetmaker Henry Shapland (1823 – 1909), following a trip to America in 1848. While there, he saw an ingenious new machine which he realised could be used for cabinetmaking. Upon his return to Barnstaple, he reproduced the machine from notes he’d made and set up business in a mill. He later met Henry Petter, an accountant, and together they achieved rapid success. In 1888 the mill burned down. Undeterred, they moved to larger premises. The same factory now produces high-quality joinery. Hand-tooled or machine-made? Antique cabinets that were both Furniture by Shapland and Petter, such as their antique dining chairs , is highly collectable by Arts & Crafts furniture enthusiasts, despite breaking the “rules” of the movement. Looking at the detailed carving on a Shapland and Petter antique chest today, it is hard to imagine it being produced in what was, for its time, one of the most cutting-edge factories in Britain. The new factory was arranged in blocks, with a production line of up to 350 employees, which ran from the saw mills to the finishing sheds. However, keen as they were to adopt labour-saving devices, the men also saw the need for traditional craftsmanship. They imported American machine tools that were backed by an army of skilled cabinetmakers, carvers, designers and polishers. From Victorian dining chairs to antique bookcases, Shapland and Petter furniture is defined its detailed carving. Those employed for this task underwent a 7-year apprenticeship, using up to 100 tools for the most elaborate designs. The factory was soon producing furniture and interiors to order, for banks, hotels, private homes and even Pullman railway carriages. Notable commissions included the London Guildhall, Edgar Wallace ‘s home, and the mansion house at Tapeley Park. From Antique marquetry furniture to the Art Nouveau period Shapland & Petter antiques range from simple rustic Arts & Crafts furniture to intricate antique marquetry furniture, embellished with the fluid organic designs of the Art Nouveau movement. Their antique cabinets often made use of finely detailed lead glass panels and delicate fruitwood inlays however, many of these intricately crafted pieces were mass-produced standards.
Camden Antiques has clarified that the Shapland & Petter Burr Walnut Bookcase (LA370024) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1925
In excellent condition with a good colour and patina.
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This Shapland & Petter Burr Walnut Bookcase is located in Poling, UK