A fine mid Victorian ebony, purple wood, sycamore, ivory marquetry Credenzaby Lamb of Manchester

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Lot 186Y
A fine mid Victorian ebony, purple wood, sycamore, ivory marquetry Credenza
by Lamb of Manchester

Sold for £ 9,000 (US$ 12,121) inc. premium
A fine mid Victorian ebony, purple wood, sycamore, ivory marquetry Credenza
by Lamb of Manchester
applied with gilt bronze mounts, the 'D' Shaped top of broken outline with a banded border of flowerheads and scroll work above a frieze decorated with griffins, a flaming urn, arabesques and classical profile portrait medallions, above a pair of doors each centred by a raised medallion of a Classical maiden with surrounds of scrolls and strapwork, enclosing a purple velvet lined interior of two shelves, flanked by open corner shelves with mirror backs, above a plinth applied with further mounts, on leaf clasped toupie feet, stamped to the door LAMB, MANCHESTER, 4611, 215cm wide, 48cm deep, 117cm high (84.5in wide, 18.5in deep, 46in high).

Footnotes

  • A closely related Credenza with less complex marquetry detail by Lamb of Manchester was sold Sotheby's 3 April 1992, lot 54. A related sidecabinet with identical oval panels was sold Sotheby's, London, 2 April 1993, lot 54.

    The firm of James Lamb was the pre-eminent Manchester cabinetmaker in the second half of the 19th century. James Lamb was born in 1816 and joined the family business developing it into a high class decorating and furnishing firm. The firm had a workshop in Castleford and their main gallery in John Dalton Street, Manchester, with showrooms over three floors. The firm was to go on to international success winning medals at the London 1862 Exhibition, the Paris 1867 Exhibition and Paris 1878 Exhibition. They employed designers of the calibre of Charles Bevan, Bruce Talbert and W.J Estall. The cabinet the firm exhibited at the 1867 Exhibition was sold Sotheby's, London, 3 October 1997. When James Lamb died in 1903, his obituary appeared in The Journal of Decorative Art and British Decorators where it was recorded that:
    His name was a synonym for the best in everything that he did from 1850-1885, and he towered over everybody in Lancashire and Yorkshire as maker of high-class furniture.....to middle aged and older men connected with the furniture and decorating business, his name for fifty years stood as a landmark for all that was best in both spheres of industrial art.

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A fine mid Victorian ebony, purple wood, sycamore, ivory marquetry Credenzaby Lamb of Manchester
A fine mid Victorian ebony, purple wood, sycamore, ivory marquetry Credenzaby Lamb of Manchester
A fine mid Victorian ebony, purple wood, sycamore, ivory marquetry Credenzaby Lamb of Manchester
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