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Vintage 5 Tier Display Shelf Gothic Styling - Modern Take on a Wotnot (1 of 11)
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Vintage 5 Tier Display Shelf Gothic Styling - Modern Take on a Wotnot

REF: HB071 / LA494859
£430
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Description
Vintage 5 Tier Display Shelf Gothic Styling - Modern Take on a Whatnot British 1950 Solid wood Well polished to a rich finish Gothic influence in the design Fabulous stepped effect with the shelves Scroll shaped supports to the front area of all shelves Guilloché design frieze across the front reminiscent of arched/onion dome shapes. Domes and minarets of the exterior inspired by Oriental scenery and influenced by Indian, Mughal and Moorish styles. Foliate detail - contour of the quatrefoil - a four petal flower design incorporated into the wooden sides of the shelves Rounded bun feet. Fabulous capacity for display and storage. It would incorporate well into any décor - Wonderful modern take on the Victorian Whatnot. A Wotnot, also spelt as Whatnot, is a type of open shelving unit or display stand that was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. The term “whatnot” itself suggests that it can hold a variety of miscellaneous objects. People used whatnots to showcase decorative items such as porcelain figurines, vases, small sculptures, or books; they were practical for organizing small items in a stylish way. This modern take is certainly perfect for this purpose. It is further helped by the addition of the decorative feature at the ends of the shelves which would ensure that books and similar items remain in place. This particular piece has the features expected of a traditional antique Wotnot/Whatnot and has additional aspects which add to its appeal Traditional WotNots/Whatnots usually have multiple tiers or shelves arranged in a graduated manner. Each tier is slightly smaller than the one below it, creating an elegant stepped effect. This is very much the appeal of this piece The guilloché pattern to the front of each shelf is a decorative motif characterized by the interlocking and repeating pattern of arches, circles and spires which adds a touch of sophistication to the piece. These are reminiscent of the domes and minarets of the exterior inspired by Oriental scenery and influenced by Indian, Mughal and Moorish styles in the very popular architecture of The Royal Pavilion which was built for the then Prince Regent by John Nash and has become famous for being a wonderful, exotic and outlandish palace that delivers such a Wow factor. The Regency period brought that special touch of elegance and a light and airy feel was the additional appeal of Gothic Revival designs. The supports (legs or columns) of the WotNot often feature scroll-shaped designs. These curving elements lend an artistic flair to the overall structure and this lovely piece certainly has a simplistic scroll which allows the other features to shine. The end panel blocks to the shelves are a particularly attractive and functional feature as they prevent books or other items from leaving the shelf. The spires at the top of this little bookend panel add visual interest. The quatrefoil decorative element is a classical feature of Gothic design. Its appearance of a four-lobed shape is similar to that of a clover leaf and consists of four partially overlapping symmetrical circles of the same diameter. Since it can be divided into equal sections, it symbolises harmony, symmetry, and proportion. The Latin origin of the word means “four leaves,” describing its shape. It became a prominent design in Gothic architecture (1100 Ad-1700 Ad), where it was used in tracery and stained-glass windows, and it also appeared in medieval heraldry, regarded as a symbol of good luck. The rounded bun feet provide stability and elevate the WotNot slightly off the ground. Antique whatnots were typically made from solid wood, such as mahogany, walnut, or oak. The wood was often polished to a rich finish, enhancing its natural beauty and this piece certainly has a lustrous finish.
measurements
Height:
164 cm
Width:
90 cm
Depth:
44 cm
declaration
Whites Antiques has clarified that the Vintage 5 Tier Display Shelf Gothic Styling - Modern Take on a Wotnot (LA494859) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being Mid 20th Century
location
This Vintage 5 Tier Display Shelf Gothic Styling - Modern Take on a Wotnot is located in United Kingdom