Arts and crafts Sideboard

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A rather unusual small sideboard, hall cupboard or even tv/hifi stand in English oak. It is 100cms wide and 46 cms deep. There is a 1mm gap between two of the three top planks that is not shown in this photograph. Standing at just under a metre high the choice of timber and brass work are all trademarks of this somewhat oddly named period of English inspired furniture. Commonly regarded as stemming originally from the workshops of William Morris in the late 1800’s, the pieces are an attempt to recreate the qualities of the artisan work of the Elizabethan period. Hence the use of English oak and substantial brass or iron metalwork. Sadly or perhaps romantically it was not a great commercial success as the standard of work and materials often resulted in relatively high retail prices. That would be in comparison to the factory produced items of the (by that time) well established Industrial Age.
It seems a little tawdry in light of all that to mention money. Nonetheless may we mention that $245, is the amount required here.

Farmhouse Table

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Antique baltic pine farmhouse table with drawer for cutlery or napery. Very strong frame and top, would suit four to six people. Probably made around 1900, the actual colour is a little darker than it appears in this photo $395. The top is 140 cms x 85 cms, and the height is the standard 76 cms. It is our experiece that most tables are 76 cms (30 inches) high and similarly most chairs are 46 cms (18 inches) high. Often when a table is 4 or 5 cms too short inspection under the leg will show evidence that a castor or wheel has been removed. tell tale signs are a drilled central hole of about 5mm (for a pin),or 3 or four smaller holes that would show where the castor plate was screwed. Should you wish to bring the table up to the correct height fitting the wheels is often a fairly straightforward job. For many years now Graeme Brown,s in Toorak have had an extensive range of good quality reproduction castors. After all that we should note that this is a table that was never fitted with castors,

Chaise longue.

Chaise longue.

An Edwardian chaise longue from the very early 1900′s. Lovely turned legs finished with ceramic castors. The back rail is secure and the elegant green upholstery is well sprung and undamaged. The green is a little deeper than this photo indicates. A friend of ours uses one in the kitchen. She finds cooking with the aid of a slow cooker, her favourite book, a glass of wine and her chaise longue a relaxing and enjoyable experience. $590. We also have a fine range of books from $1 to $20. Slow cookers are available from leading department stores.

The front window 25th May

The front window 25th May

n the centre a reupholstered Deco rocker $145,a 60′s chest of drawers $295, and on the right one of two bedside chests of drawers in the 70′s style $198 for two. Displayed at the back are a range of lamps from $50 to $100, some new Laguiole cutlery and a large antique Baltic pine sideboard base that has been reduced from $890 to $690.