Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Welsh Dresser. Caernarfonshire c.1810.

It's always a pleasure to have Welsh dressers arrive in the shop. They are an icon of Welsh culture and heritage and each one is a unique testiment to the local carpenters and craftsmen who made them. This fine early 19th.c example was purchased locally today and has been beautifully preserved. With original brass knobs and attractive inlays. Typical of Caernarfonshire circa 1810.

Baby Grand Piano c.1900.

No need for a gym membership when you work here at Collinge's. Instead of weights we lift grand pianos like this beauty which we brought in this morning. By Franz Liehr of Liegnitz in what was Prussia, it dates from the turn of the century. Good iron frame and walnut case, good tone.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Renault Master Van

For sale today our trusty old delivery van. High roof, long wheel base, Renault Master 2.5 Turbo Diesel. One owner from new sold with 12 months MOT. A fast and reliable steed!
£1750 + VAT.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Edwardian Revolving Bookcase.

Fresh on the floor this afternoon after being repolished in the workshop. An Edwardian red walnut revolving bookcase. c.1910. Good, steady base with original castors.

Large Early 19th.c Oak Gate Leg Table.

A new arrival this morning, this large early 19th.c oak gate leg table with drawer. Would benefit from a wax, otherwise good colour and conditon. Would conmfortably seat six people.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Large Figure of a Tiger. c.1920.

Another fine item from yesterdays new arrivals. This large spelter figure of a tiger on a black marble base. Probably Italian. c.1920.

Too good an opportunity to let pass without adding the following. One of the most popular poems in the English language.

The Tiger.
William Blake 1757-1827

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And, when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water`d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Link here for an interesting story about Tiger conservation.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Late 19th.c Carved Oak Coffer.

More fresh stock arriving this afternoon, including this small late Victorian oak coffer with really fine quality gothic carving. A good small size, less than 3'6" wide.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Victorian Burr Walnut Centre Table.

Fresh on the floor this afternoon after being repolished, this superb inlaid burr walnut, tilt top centre or breakfast table c.1890. Beautiful figuring to the walnut with elegant inlay and a good, four column base.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Georgian Table and Chest of Drawers

Today I am featuring a couple of pieces of good Georgian furniture which arrived yesterday. Its always a pleasure to have earlier items in stock - these both date from around c.1800. The simple elegance and quality of Georgian furniture has never really been matched. The table has a particularly well shaped base and feet. The chest of drawers is especially desirable for being such a small size (just 31" wide). Like the table it is in need of some restoration but boasts original handles and feet. I shall post again when they are restored.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Rosewood Screen c.1890.

Another good item from this morning's new arrivals. A late 19th.c. rosewood framed three panel folding screen with embroidered panels behind glass. Note the wonderful organic curve in the side of the frame giving it an Art Nouveau feel. In good unrestored condition.

Lady's Writing Desk. with Birdseye Maple Interior.

Several nice pieces arrived here at the shop this morning, amongst them was this small, late 19th.c walnut writing desk. A plain exterior (apart from two good lions head handles on the drawer) hides an attrative interior beautifully veneered in birdseye maple. In need of some restoration, priced at £350 as it is.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Late 18th.c. Secretaire Bookcase.

Something special for the blog today. This beautiful late 18th.c. mahogany secretaire bookcase c.1790. Its many attractive features include its small size, the quality of the timber and construction, the superb scalloped molding around the top of the base section, the unusual and original handles and the astragal glazing, with 21 pieces of glass in each door.

Monday, 16 March 2009

19th.c Alabaster Figures.

New in today two attractive mid 19th.c carved alabaster figures. One of a child protecting a basket of chicks from the cat on his shoulder, the other of two winged cherubs wrestling over a heart. Unfortunately both are damaged but have been sensitively cleaned and restored.
£395 each.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Piano Top Davenport.

Purchased locally this afternoon; this fantastic Victorian piano top, pop up davenport writing desk in pollard oak. In need of restoration, I shall post again when it emerges from the workshop.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Oak Hall Seat Deluxe!

Like the proverbial London buses two small, oak, box seated hall settles have come along together. This one is definitely the deluxe version of the one below. Elaborately carved and incorporating hall mirror and a superb hat and coat rack with original and unusual hooks.

Oak Hall Seat

New on the floor this morning after a quick polish over, this delightful small oak box settle with lift up seat and simple three panel front. Excellent colour and condition.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Arts & Crafts Fire Companion Set.

Superb arts and crafts style fireside companion set of poker, tongs, brush and shovel on matching stand by Farrier and Iron Monger A. Carne of Truro. Other than wear to the bristles of the brush in excellent condition. Uniquely the set is sold with two hand written receipts on Carne's 'The Forge' headed stationery showing the irons were bought in 1936 and the stand in 1938. Overall height 26".

Thursday, 5 March 2009

More Great Office Furniture!

Here at the warehouse we have something of a weakness for Victorian and Edwardian oak office furniture (see numerous earlier posts). To feed our habit we have purchased this afternoon these wonderful roll fronted oak filing cabinets. In need of a little attention, I shall post again when they are restored.

Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Display Cabinet.

Another new arrival this morning: this large and unusual bow front Edwardian inlaid mahogany display cabinet c.1910. Plenty of room for display and a useful blind cupboard below.

1961 Velocette Viper.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of working here is the huge variety of stock which passes through our doors. New in this morning is this fantastic 1961 350cc Velocette Viper with its distinctive fishtail exhaust. Fully restored and in perfect working condition.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Chinese Chippendale Chest on Chest.

Superb quality late 19th.c. chest on chest in mahogany veneered on oak. With blind fretwork, dental cornice, original and unusual handles, a leather top brushing or writing slide, oak drawer linings. Restored and repolished in our workshop.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Edwardian Carved Oak Partners Desk.

First featured in early February here is our large Edwardian carved oak partners desk now complete with new desktop skiver (sheep's hide) in green with gold tooling to the edge. Measuring an impressive 66" x 46" this is a fantastic desk of wonderful quality with panelled sides, oak drawer linings and original brass. With cupboards on both sides allowing two people to share the desk, one of the cupboards contains a bank of three drawers.

Arts & Crafts / Art Nouveau Cabinet.

The blog is back at work after a wonderful weeks holiday in the Lake District. Whilst there we visited Blackwell a superb Arts and Crafts era house designed by M.H Baille Scott. Beautifully restored and open to the public, it has been sympathetically furnished with pieces from the period. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. With thoughts of Blackwell fresh in my mind I was delighted to discover this striking mahogany display cabinet upon my arrival back at work. With elements of the Art Nouveau style as well as the Arts and Crafts it is an unusual piece from that remarkable period of furniture design. In excellent condition restored and repolished in our workshop