Maple & Co. Dressing cabinet with possible provenance to King Carol II of Romania
Lot 227
An Edwardian mahogany and line inlaid Lady's fitted folding dressing table By Maple & Co. Serial No. 541493
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 10,758) inc. premium

Lot Details
Maple & Co. Dressing cabinet with possible provenance to King Carol II of Romania Maple & Co. Dressing cabinet with possible provenance to King Carol II of Romania Maple & Co. Dressing cabinet with possible provenance to King Carol II of Romania Maple & Co. Dressing cabinet with possible provenance to King Carol II of Romania
An Edwardian mahogany and line inlaid Lady's fitted folding dressing table
By Maple & Co. Serial No. 541493
Fitted with a selection of Silver and glass cut fittings, the dressing table with a rectangular hinged line inlaid moulded top centred by an oval medallion, enclosing a folding triptych bevelled dressing mirror, above hinged compartments, folding-out to either side and lined with a blue velvet tray holding various fittings, above two folding shaped glass shelves, the trays with fitted with, a hand mirror and four brushes, hallmarked for London, 1911, a nail buffer and an assortment of vanity tools, the fitted compartment to the rear containing eleven lidded bottles, two pots and two silver rimmed dishes, the bevelled glass slide to the front opening to reveal three compartments, one with a removable blue velvet tray and three sprung loaded secret doors with hidden release mechanism, the central drawer activated by the depression of a screw head on the central hinge to the top, the side drawers activated by depression of the base of one of the a glass bottle apertures, the central kneehole flanked by two bowed cupboard doors enclosing two drawers to each side above an open compartment, on tapering hexagonal and line inlayed feet with brass cappings and castors, together with two articulated silver plated lights which can be fitted above the mirror.

, Open 203cm wide, 85cm deep, 165cm high. closed- 102cm wide, 65cm deep, 96cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private Collection, Romania since the 1940s.

    By repute this dressing table given by King Carol II of Romania (1893-1953) to Elena 'Magda' Lupescu (1895?-1977) after they resumed thier love affair in 1925. King Carol and Magda Lupescu were married in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 3 June 1947, Magda taking the title of Princess Elena von Hohenzollern. Carol remained in exile for the rest of his life.

    Maple and Company were founded in 1841 in Tottenham Court Road, London. By the 1880s they were the largest and most successful furniture makers in the world, their huge emporium having become a tourist attraction in its own right. In addition to their middle class clientele, they furnished palaces all over the globe, including Tsar Nicholas's Winter Palace, the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, and many of Britain's country houses.

    Two examples of this type og stylish dressing table, one in mahogany and one in satinwood, with varying fittings, have appeared at auction from the collections of Maria Felix and S.A.R La Principessareale Maria Gabriella Di Savoia. See Christie's London, 27 June 2007, Works of Art from the Collection of S.A.R La Principessereale Maria Gabriella Di Savoia, lot 249 and Christie's New York, 17-18 July 2007, Maria Felix: La Doña, lot 204. Other examples have been sold Bonhams London, 19 January 2001, lot 10, 24 June 2009, lot 143 and 21 November 2012, lot 244.

    This type of stylise folding dressing table are found bearing the marks of several prominent retailers/makers including Asprey's and George Betjemann. George Betjemann was the great-grandfather of the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984). George Betjemann was apprenticed to the case maker Gilbert Slater in 1810 and established himself as a dressing case-maker, intially in Clerkenwell and later in the Pentonville, where they eventually employed 119 people.
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